Manitoba's Monuments

Manitoba's Monuments
The province of Manitoba in Canada is full of wondrous sites from the awe-inspiring aurora borealis to crowds of beluga whales in Hudson Bay. Visitors who enjoy outdoor activities are sure to find something to fit their interests. Manitoba is home to a number of sights commemorating both the serious and the absurd. Consider visiting monuments while in the province to learn about the area's history and to experience some local flavor.

Belgian Veterans War Memorial

In Winnipeg, visitors will find the Belgian Veterans War Memorial created to honor the memory of Belgian and Allied service people killed in World War I, World War II and the Korean War. A local artist, A. Granier designed and sculpted the monument in 1938. In 1995, the monument, which is located in front of the Belgian Club of Winnipeg, underwent restoration. The sculpture depicts one soldier standing, to symbolize the survivors of war, and one soldier lying on the ground, to symbolize those who perished. Every year the Belgian Independence Day Parade is held and a wreath laying takes place at the monument.

407 Provencher Blvd.
Winnipeg, Manitoba R2H 0G9

Cross of Sacrifice

Located at the Oak Lake Royal Canadian Legion is a memorial called the Cross of Sacrifice. Built in 1923, it was originally intended to commemorate the memory of those from the town who died in World War I and was placed in Oak Lake Cemetery. During the 1930s, the Cross was moved to a local park. After World War II, the names of those killed in that war were added to the monument. In 1972, the monument was moved once again and placed at its current location. In addition to listing the names of those who died, the dates of both wars are included and a large cross stands on top.

291 Assiniboine St. W.
Oak Lake, Manitoba R0M 1P0

First Flight

On the grounds of the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg, a monument was erected in 1984 to memorialize Commonwealth and Allied Airmen instructors and trainees who were killed in training. The monument was sculpted from silicon bronze, with details added by hand. An airman in his flight suit looking skyward with his hand in the air is depicted in the sculpture.

450 Broadway
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 0V8


Article Written By Sarah Schreiber

Sarah Schreiber has been writing since 2004, with professional experience in the nonprofit and educational sectors as well as small business. She now focuses on writing about travel, education and interior decorating and has been published on Trazzler and various other websites. Schreiber received a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications.

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