Every year, Canadians recognize Remembrance Day on November 11th at 11:00 am. Canadians pause for a moment of silence to honour the men and women who served and continue to serve our country during times of war and conflict. We remember the two million Canadians who have served throughout all of history, making the ultimate sacrifice.
Remembrance Day ceremonies are often held at community institutions or war memorials as a way to commemorate those who have sacrificed their lives for us. We’ve put together a list of 5 monuments for Remembrance Day to learn more about the significance behind each one.
Historical Canadian Monuments for Remembrance Day
National War Memorial - Ottawa, Ontario
Also known as “ The Response”, this is a monument symbolizing the sacrifice of all Canadian Armed Forces members who have served Canada- both in the past, present, and future. It wasn’t until after the First World War (1914-1918) that Canadians felt a memorial should be built to pay our tributes to those who had served our country in the war. In 2000, the Tomb of the Unknown Solider was added to the very front of the memorial. The tomb represents the loss of a Canadian soldier from a war cemetery near Vimy Ridge, France.
Battle of Trois-Rivières- Quebec City
The Battle of Trois Rivieres was fought on June 8th, 1766, during the American Revolutionary War. The battle occurred as part of an American colonists’ invasion of Quebec. At the time, the army was led by General George Washington with the goal of bringing Canada into the union. This monument is so significant because it commemorates the British and Canadian soldiers who fought during the American Revolutionary war. Not to mention, it was also the last major battle fought on Quebec soil.
Victoria War Memorial- Victoria, BC
This memorial was constructed in 1990 and dedicated to those who died in the first and second world wars, as well as the Korean War, and members of the Canadian Forces and Canadian Civilians on peacekeeping missions. The memorial is located right next to a town hall, and there is a small section behind the memorial where trees and flowers were planted as a way to remember the soldiers. Families are invited to relax and enjoy the view at any time.
Peacekeeper’s Park- Calgary, Alberta
Since the end of the second world war, Canada has developed a peacekeeping tradition. At its heart, the park serves to recognize the military individuals who serve their country by helping people affected by the war. They continue to serve the world community through their dedication to peace and security globally.
Peacekeeper Park features the Wall of Honour, the Mission Wall, and the Bronze Sculpture. The Wall of Honour commemorates those who sacrificed their lives for our country. The Mission Wall outlines the peacekeeping missions Canada has taken part in. These walls provide a testament to the sacrifices and perseverance required to ensure peace. Lastly, the bronze sculpture symbolizes a Canadian soldier offering an “Izzy doll” to a little girl. During the time of the war, many families experienced extreme poverty, and as a result, children did not often receive such gifts as a doll to play with. The sculpture symbolizes military professionals both serving their country and providing compassion.
Halifax Memorial - Halifax, Nova Scotia
These wars touched the lives of Canadians of all ages, all races, and social classes. By remembering their service and sacrifice, not only do we recognize the tradition of freedom men and women were fighting for, but we acknowledge it’s our responsibility to continue to work for the peace they worked so hard to achieve.
For more information on Remembrance Day celebrations in Canada, please see the Canadian Veterans Affairs Website.