Saturday, 17 September 2016

Ottawa - The Peacekeeping Monument

Location:  City of Ottawa   N 45° 25.725 W 075° 41.799
In the intersection of Sussex Drive and St. Patrick Street.

"The peacekeeping monument is the only monument of its kind in the world. It is dedicated to Canadian peacekeepers.

This special monument honours both the living and the dead, and tells a story that Canadians have every right to be proud of. Since 1948, more than 110,000 Canadian peacekeepers have served in zones of conflict around the world. In 1988, UN peacekeepers were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. As this monument shows, a big part of that honour belongs to Canada. Three peacekeepers — two men and a woman — stand on two sharp, knifelike edges of stone, cutting through the rubble and debris of war and converging at a high point, which symbolizes the resolution of conflict.

The members of the winning design team from British Columbia were Jack K. Harman, sculptor; Richard G. Henriquez, urban designer; and Cornelia H. Oberlander, landscape architect. The team also included Gabriel Design, lighting design, and J.L. Richards and Associates, engineering services, both of Ottawa. This project was sponsored by National Defence and the National Capital Commission. The dedication ceremony was held on October 8, 1992."


There is also a wall in the monument that has each mission that Canadians have served in inscribed on it.

Marker text:

"We need action not only
to end the fighting but to make peace...
My own government would be glad
to recommend Canadian participation
in such a United Nations force,
a truly international peace and police force."

Lester B. Pearson
November 2, 1956.


In 1988, the Nobel Peace Prize 

was awarded to the United Nations' peacekeepers. 
This monument, Reconciliation, is a tribute to 
Canada's commitment to world peace,
 and to all Canadian men and women 
who have served as peacekeepers.

Members of Canada's Armed Forces, 

represented by three figures, stand at 
the meeting place of two wall of destruction.
Vigilant, impartial, they oversee 

the reconciliation of those in conflict.
Behind them lies the debris of war. Ahead lies 

the promise peace: a grove, symbol of life.

Dedicated, October 8, 1993, by 

His Excellency, the Right Honourable 
Ramon John Hnatyshyn, 
Governor General of Canada 
and the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, 
Prime Minister of Canada.



Sunday, 11 September 2016


Location:   Nipissing District    N 46 15.734  W 79 17.549
At the corner of Highway 94 and Corbeil Road.

A very nice tribute to the veterans of East Ferris Township, this memorial was unveiled on June 6th, 2012.  The memorial is unique in several ways.  The names of the honoured veterans are remembered in individual stones in the memorial walkway, along with the names of the various local sponsors of this project.  The main stone of the memorial is very simple, with few words.
The three main branches of the Canadian Forces are recognized with a display of an anchor, an armoured vehicle and the model of an aircraft.

The anchor has no plaque or information attached to give any indication of its background, other than to recognize the Royal Canadian Navy with a fine piece of equipment.

The armoured vehicle is an M113 A2 Armoured Personnel Carrier, to honour those who served in the Canadian Army.  A small info plaque gives the history of this type of APC.

The Royal Canadian Air Force is honoured with a propeller and a beautiful model of a Canadair Cp-107 Argus, handcrafted by local artist Reg Fournier of Corbeil.  This is a wonderful model and quite well done, likely the highlight of the entire memorial.

Behind the memorial is a walkway dedicated to those on the Cenotaph Committee.

Marker text:


Friday, 26 August 2016

CFB Borden - 100th Anniversary Memorial Wall

Location:  Simcoe County   N 44 18.731  W 79 53.216
On Cambrai Road, at the north entrance to the base.

This year, 2016, CFB Borden celebrates its 100th anniversary with great fanfare and flourish.  The airshow in June was spectacular as usual, as are the many events that are planned for the base and around the community.
One of the main projects for this celebration was the construction of a new memorial wall at the north entrance to the base.  This will be the site for future Remembrance Day ceremonies and other important events.  The wall and accompanying sculpture were unveiled in a large ceremony on June 9th, 2016.  The concept of this  beautiful structure was designed by famed Canadian artist and sculptor, Marlene Hilton Moore.

CFB Borden is the largest training base in Canada, this memorial honours all those who have passed through these gates in the previous 100 years, and to those brave souls who will visit here for the next century, to train and learn and respect.

Marker text:

"To those who fall I say:  You will not die
but step into immortality.  Your mothers will not
lament your fate but will be proud to have
borne such sons.  Your names will be revered
forever and ever by your grateful country, and
God will take you unto Himself."

General Sir Arthur Currie, Commander to Canadian Corps.

 (repeated in French)


They shall not grow old,
as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun,
and in the morning,
We will remember them.

(repeated in French)

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Parry Sound - Chief Francis Pegahmagabow


Location:  Parry Sound District   N 45 20.365  W 80 02.313
On Bay Street, near the Harbour.  Next to the Charles W. Stockey Centre and Bobby Orr Museum.

Recently much has been written and produced to honour Corporal Francis Pegahmagabow, a native of the Parry Island Ojibwa Band and hero of World War I.  He later became Chief of his band and lead a full and fruitful life. 
I refer to these links to learn more of this great man and his accomplishments:

The memorial is situated with a beautiful view of Georgian Bay.  It was unveiled in June 2016 with much fanfare and celebration.  The memorial is a bronze statue of Pegahmagabow in his uniform, flanked by an a eagle and a caribou.  The only writing on the statue is a small plaque recognizing the name of the artwork and the sculptor.  A second plaque beside the statue gives a brief synopsis of his history, written in English, French and Ojibwa.  A smaller nearby plaque recognizes those responsible for the creation of this beautiful memorial.

Canada owes a great debt of thanks to Francis Pegahmagabow and his fellow native brothers across the country who have fought so gallantly in all major wars and conflicts.  This wonderful memorial is a tribute to the bravery of all these people.

Marker text:
Francis Pegahmagabow - Hero of the Great War
June 21, 2016
Sculptor:  Tyler Fauvelle

Chief Francis Pegahmagabow
c. 1889 - 1952

 Francis Pegahmagabow, a superior scout and sniper during the First World War, served overseas with the Canadian Expeditionary Force.  In Canada's history, no other Indigenous soldier has ever received as many battle awards.  Born in Shawanaga First Nation (Caribou Clan), he settled at Wasauksing First Nation after the war.  Twice elected Chief, he became a passionate advocate for Indigenous  rights.

(repeated in French)

Brave in war, brave in peace
June 21, 2016

(repeated in Ojibwa)