The cenotaphs in larger Canadian cities tend toward similarity with Edwin Lutyens’ design of the Whitehall cenotaph in London. Halifax is part of that trend. The cenotaph on the Grand Parade was dedicated on July 1, 1929 by Robert Borden, the Nova Scotian who was Prime Minister of Canada during WW1.
The cenotaph is cut from local granite. The bronze statue by Scottish-American sculptor J. Massey Rhind depicts a victorious but grieving Britannia representing Nova Scotian motherhood. A ceremonial wreath tops the cenotaph, with two more on the sides marking WW1 battles. The dedication is in honour of those who served and in memory of those who fell. Another dedication on the back notes that the names of the 1360 men and women killed in the war are treasured in the City Archives. The Books of Remembrance are now on display in the Halifax Central Library.