Location: City of Ottawa
N 45.440153 W -75. 696079
On Green Island, 90 Sussex Drive.
This memorial is situated in a beautiful park where there are a few more memorials and where everyone can enjoy the scenic view of the Ottawa River, Gatineau PQ and the Rideau Falls. Situated on the left side of the park, which is across 111 Sussex where the Ottawa Town Hall used to be, the National Artillery Memorial consists of 3 parts. John McCrae statue, a wall and a weapon.
No need to give a description of the John McCrae statue as it was posted on Ontario War Memorials on November 10, 2018. The only extra information I could give is that 2 statues were made. The Ottawa one was unveiled May 3, 2015 and the one in Guelph on June 25, 2015.
**Photos and description by Louise Bellec.
National Artillery Memorial Weapon
National Artillery Memorial
The memorial wall and 25 pounder artillery field gun
commemorate the service of The Royal Regiment of
Canadian Artillery. The Latin words on the badge read
Ubique (Everywhere) and Quo Fas et Gloria Ducunt
(Whither Right and Glory Lead).
Gunners have participated in every major conflict in
Canada's history and, as a combat component of the
Canadian Armed Forces, the Artillery continues to
make a vital contribution to missions around the world.
National Artillery Memorial Wall
Plaque on left side of wall:
A la glorieuse mémoire des membres
du Régiment royal de l'Artillerie canadienne
qui ont sacrifié leur vie pour le Canada.
A NOS GLORIEUX MORTS
IN GLORIOUS MEMORY OF THE OFFICERS AND MEN
OF THE ROYAL REGIMENT OF CANADIAN ARTILLERY
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE SERVICE OF CANADA.
Plaque on right side of wall:
This memorial was erected in Major's Hill Park by The Royal Regiment of
Canadian Artillery and dedicated by His Excellency Major-General Georges
P. Vanier, D.S.O., M.C., C.D., Governor General of Canada on 21 September,
1959. It was rededicated on this site by The Right Honourable Antonio
Lamer, P.C., C.D., LL.D., D.U., Chief Justice of Canada on 24 May, 1998.
(Repeated in French.)
National Artillery Memorial John McCrae StatuePlaque:
Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae(1872 - 1918)
John McCrae was a Canadian poet, gunner and
physician who participated in the First World War.
In May 1915, he was moved to write the well-known
poem "In Flanders Fields" following the death of
comrades during the Second Battle of Ypres in
Belgium. McCrae's poem came to symbolize the
sacrifice of all who fought and died in the First
World War and is the inspiration for the poppy
as the symbol of remembrance in Canada and in
This statue was erected on May 3, 2015, by
The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery in
collaboration with the Royal Canadian Medical Service
and with support from the Government of Flanders.
Artist: Ruth Abernethy
(Repeated in French.)