Saturday, 10 November 2018

Guelph - John McCrae Statue

 
Location:  Wellington County     N 43.543536    W -80.251507
Beside the Guelph Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street.
 


This sculpture is located at the Guelph Civic Museum, in the city of Guelph, Ontario, where John McCrae was born. The sculpture resembles Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, with his dress as an Artillery officer and his medical bag nearby, as he writes. The statue shows the destruction of the battlefield and, at his feet, the poppies which are a symbol of Remembrance of the First World War and all armed conflict since.
The statue was promoted by the McCrae Statue Committee fundraising chair Lt.-Col. (Ret.) Michael McKay and former Navy veteran Bill Winegard, and produced by the Canadian sculptor Ruth Abernethy.

Lt.-Col. John McCrae, one of the important sons of the city of Guelph, born in 1872, was raised in Guelph, and his limestone cottage on Guelph’s Water Street is home to the McCrae House Museum, a part of Guelph Museums, comprising the Guelph Civic Museum. Guelph’s 11th Field Artillery Regiment was once commanded by Capt. David McCrae, John McCrae’s father. Members of this regiment have served since the last world war in various roles, primarily peacekeeping efforts internationally. John McCrae succumbed to complications of pneumonia and meningitis in 1918.
* http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/national-inventory-canadian-memorials/details/9204

At the time of my visit the facade of the museum was under construction.  No additional signage or inscription was found in the vicinity of the statue, save for the famous poem "In Flanders Fields" etched into the statue itself.  A very moving statue and tribute to the man who gave us this solemn poem, before his death in the Great War.

 










Saturday, 3 November 2018

Waterloo - Canadian Veterans Memorial

 
 
Location:  Waterloo Region     N 43.47543   W -80.52773
In Veterans' Green Park, 50 University Avenue West.
 

One of the most visually stunning memorials I have ever seen.  Much more impressive in person than as seen in my photos.  The memorial is dedicated to all of Canada's Veteran of all wars.  The sculptor,  Timothy P. Schmaltz, depicts a long line of veterans leading down from the heavens to support the old veteran at the front of the statue, all leaning on one another and showing the toils of war.  A reminder that while we mourn the loss of all those who died for the cause, there were also many who returned, battered and broken, who needed much care, the survivors of war still had to survive their future lives.  A very moving piece of artwork, unveiled in November 2006, in part by the K-W Naval Association Charitable Trust Fund.
The Veterans Green park pays tribute to the returning veterans from previous wars and the struggle to care and house the vets after their turmoils in the World Wars.  Several plaques tell the story of how the city of Waterloo helped to house the returning heroes in their community.
 




Marker text:
Front:
From distant eternity
They come back from wars
Fought in each century
To present their brother
The survivor
Who holds a poppy
A challenge to remember.

Timothy P. Schmaltz.

 


















 





Sunday, 21 October 2018

Cumberland

 
Location:  City of Ottawa     N 45.517403   W -75.407419
2557 Old Montreal Rd, beside St. Andrews United Church
 


Cumberland was a township in Eastern Ontario as part of Russell County from 1800 to 1999.  It comprised of Cumberland Village, Notre Dame-des-Champs, Sarsfield, Vars, Carlsbad Spring and Navan. Cumberland, who took its name from the Duke of Cumberland (later king of Hanover) and became the City of Cumberland in 1999, until amalgamation with Ottawa in 2001.  A very picturesque village situated along the banks of the historic Ottawa River.
 
This  statue is standing beside a scroll and bordered by 4 posts is on the front left of St-Andrews United Church.
When I look at the statue, I noticed that she is holding a wreath of poppies in her right hand and is looking down in sorrow as if ready to throw the wreath into the dug up grave of a lost loved one. Perhaps this is the significance of the 4 posts. ( If you had noticed it of old graves, many family plots had 4 posts around the plot and had chains connected to the posts. In the old days, it was the family who was responsible  of maintaining the plot.
The names of those lost in the World Wars and Korea are engraved in the stone for all to see, to remember for all eternity.  Lest We Forget.
**Special thanks once again to Louise Bellec for the photos and details.


 
Marker text:
Scroll:
 1914 -1918
            CHARLES H. McKENZIE
            CRESWELL J. ALLAN
            ROBERT LESLIE TAYLOR
            PETER J. McLAREN
            WILLIAM J. SPRATT
            JOHN A. McKENZIE
            THOMAS FOYE

              1939 - 1945
             CARLETON G. KENNEDY
             WILLIAM H. LOUGH
     
    Bottom of scroll : 
 THEIR NAMES
 LIVETH FOR EVERMORE

Below the scroll: 
ROBERT VICTOR ARNOTT
1950 KOREA 1953

Pedestral: 
 PUBLIC MEMORIAL
             ERECTED TO THE MEMORY AND HONOR OF THE
             CITIZEN SOLDIERS OF CUMBERLAND WHOSE
              NAMES ARE INSCRIBED HERE ON AND WHO GAVE
              THEIR LIVES FOR US IN THE GREAT WAR OF
                                       1914 - 1918