Cenotaphs

Throughout the British Empire, the end of the Great War began a short period of patriotic victory celebrations and a much longer period of sorrow and realization of the enormous numbers of dead and wounded. Few towns in Canada were untouched by the war, including even the smallest hamlets in rural Saskatchewan. I am personally interested in cenotaphs not only because my father was a Canadian veteran of the Second World War – with Ontario’s Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment – but because I find them interesting. Their construction reflects the attitude of the community and the designer or sculptor who created it. Some of these memorials embody the feelings of victory. Others, merely the act of Remembrance.

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  1. luckyguy 49

    Saw your picture of the cenotaph in Waldron Saskatchewan. My great uncles were involved in the building of it, or at least collecting the funds for it. I attended the 100th anniversary of the town and met a lady who lived there (summer only) and she was interested in who built it. I was always told my Great Uncles Henry, & George Gilhooly who were the prime instigators. They along with my Grandfather David Gilhooly all served in the First War, and lived in Waldron. All my family were born there. Both sides (my Grandparents) lived there. Anyways nice to see that someone put up a proper base around the Cenotaph. Gord Gilhooly Brampton Ontario.

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