Monuments in Belgium to remember our fallen heroes
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.