Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Friday, December 13, 2013

A Canadian Memorial at Arlington Cemetery


Cross of Sacrifice
From the Collection of Steve Miller

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Few countries enjoy the bonds of goodwill and friendship that the United States and Canada share. Our common border remains the longest unguarded frontier on earth, and our nations have shared triumphs and tragedies throughout history. It was in this spirit of friendship that in 1925 Canadian Prime Minister MacKenzie King first proposed a memorial to the large number of United States citizens who enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces and lost their lives during World War I. Because the Canadians entered the war long before the United States, many Americans enlisted in Canada to join the fighting in Europe.

On 12 June 1925, President Calvin Coolidge approved the request, and on Armistice Day 1927 the monument near the Memorial Amphitheater was dedicated. Designed by British architect Sir Reginald Blomfield, the monument consists of a bronze sword adorning a 24-foot gray granite cross.

The inscription on the cross reaffirms the sentiment expressed by Prime Minister King regarding Americans who served in the Canadian Armed Forces. Following World War II and the Korean War, similar inscriptions on other faces of the monument were dedicated to the Americans who served in those conflicts.

Quoted from: Peters, James Edward. Arlington National Cemetery: Shrine to America's Heroes.  2000.



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3 comments:

  1. Wayne Mac Culloch, CDDecember 15, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    A similar monument stands at the centre of the Field of Honour in the National Military Cemetery in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

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  2. it look really amazing and it is one of the best among all Arlington National Memorials

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  3. I was in Ottawa on Remembrance Day in the mid 1990's, and had NEVER seen so many people wearing poppies... Bless the Canadian's, even though we invaded them a couple of times, as noted in their national museum. Then many US nationals went north for flight training and over to the Battle for Britain in WWII.

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