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Monday Monuments and Memorials – Cénotaphe (Monument aux braves), Montreal

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To the glory of God and the memory of the immortal dead who brought us honour and peace.

À la gloire du Dieu au souvenir des morts immortels à qui nous devons l’honneur et la paix.

Montreal’s cenotaph is in Place du Canada, close to rue de la Cathédrale and south of boul. René-Levesque. La cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde (Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral) frames it across the street to the east. The Stanstead granite monument is 7.5 metres high, styled on the London cenotaph designed by Edwin Lutyens.

Governor General Lord Byng of Vimy unveiled the cenotaph on November 11, 1921. An odd information discord: the 1921 dedication was reported in newspapers the following day, but several Montreal and Quebec government sources say the cenotaph was built in 1924.

Greetings to volunteers with the 30th Field Regiment/Bytown Gunners Firepower Museum who have undertaken the monumental task of documenting memorials to Canadian military service around the world. Thank you for sharing some records. Godspeed in getting the database online.


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