Calgary’s cenotaph stands in Central Memorial Park, facing 4 St SW, between 12 Ave SW and 13 Ave SW.
The cenotaph was designed and built by the Toronto architectural firm of John M. Lyle. Reminiscent of the London cenotaph designed by Edwin Lutyens, it is draped in garlands with a crown and sword on the front. It is dedicated “to those who died, 1914-1918.” (Dates for WW2 were added later.) On the back, “They shall not die while memory fulfills its task of gratitude.” The cenotaph is flanked by two granite benches. The north says “pass not in sorrow but with pride”, the south “may we live as nobly as they died.”
The cenotaph was dedicated on the afternoon of November 11, 1928, 10 years after the armistice. It was unveiled by Lt Governor W.G. Egbert. Over 7,000 Calgarians made donations to build the monument, and 10,000 attended the dedication ceremony.
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