Mon­u­ments in Bel­gium to re­mem­ber our fallen he­roes

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Re­mem­brance Day is an oc­ca­sion to hon­our mem­bers of the Cana­dian mil­i­tary who died serv­ing their coun­try in sev­eral dif­fer­ent wars. Many of th­ese he­roes lost their lives in for­eign coun­tries. As a sign of re­spect we should all be aware of the memo­ri­als erected by Canada in Bel­gium com­mem­o­rat­ing the sac­ri­fice of Cana­dian troops dur­ing the First World War.

In Cour­trai, a mon­u­ment hon­ours the heroic fight of New­found­land forces at the bat­tle of the Lys in Oc­to­ber, 1918. The memo­rial, in the form of a cari­bou erected on a rocky em­i­nence, com­mem­o­rates the cross­ing of the Lys by the Royal New­found­land Reg­i­ment.

The Hill 62 Memo­rial, sit­u­ated 25 km from Cour­trai, com­mem­o­rates the role played by Cana­dian forces in the de­fence of the Ypres Salient, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing the pe­riod from April to Au­gust, 1916. The Pass­chen­daele Memo­rial is also 25 km from Cour­trai. This com­mem­o­rates, to vis­i­tors and res­i­dents alike, the tak­ing of Crest Farm by the Cana­dian Corps and the bat­tle of Pass­chen­daele in Oc­to­ber 1917.

The St. Julien memo­rial is very im­pres­sive: 11 me­tres high, it can be seen for miles around. It hon­ours the heroic re­sis­tance of the 1st Cana­dian Divi­sion dur­ing the first poi­son gas at­tack at Ypres in 1915. This memo­rial was de­signed by Fred­er­ick Chap­man Cleme­sha, an ar­chi­tect from Regina, who was wounded in com­bat.

Canada has erected four war memo­ri­als in Bel­gium.

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