Montreal War Monuments

Montreal War Monuments
Canada lost 60,383 soldiers in World War I and 92,000 soldiers in World War II. Only a few years after World War I ended, the city of Montreal began erecting monuments to commemorate the lives of soldiers from Montreal who were lost in the war. After World War II, most monuments were altered to include the names of soldiers lost during that war. Many of these monuments were established in parks with ample areas for outdoor recreational activities.

Monument Commémoratif Franco-Canadien

The Monument Commémoratif Franco-Canadien is in Lafontaine Park. Lafontaine Park is located along Sherbrooke Street and Papineau. The park faces the Notre Dame Hospital. This monument was established in remembrance of the Montreal Canadian soldiers and volunteers who died fighting with the French during World War I and World War II. The gray stone monument was designed with an Art-Deco style and includes maple leaves. It bears the inscription: "Aux morts français de Montréal et aux volontaires Canadiens de l'armée française" or "For the dead French Montreal and Canadian volunteers in the French Army." The monument was designed and constructed by Pierre-André Normandeau and was completed in 1926. The sides of the monument depict the names of 108 soldiers and volunteers from Montreal who died in both World War I and World War II. This monument is located in a 36-acre park, one of the biggest in Montreal. The park includes playing fields, outdoor swimming pools and tennis courts. Popular activities include volleyball, soccer, running, bocce ball and ice skating.

Monument Commémoratif Franco-Canadien
Park Lafontaine
Ave du Parc-Lafontaine and Ave Papineau
Montreal, Canada
montreal.com/parks/lafontaine.html

La Tour du Souvenir

The La Tour du Souvenir, or the Tower of Remembrance, is located in the Port of Montreal on the eastern end of Victoria Dock. This monument is designed with a large clock tower that was built in 1919 in tribute to sailors who died during World War I. Sixty-nine Canadian sailors were killed during World War I, and their names are listed on the monument. The names of the sailors who died during World War II were later added to the memorial. This tower overlooks the St. Lawrence River and faces St. Helena Island. The monument is located in the historic Old Port of Montreal. Popular activities for outdoor enthusiasts in this area include running along the waterfront path or playing Frisbee in the park's open green spaces.

La Tour du Souvenir
333 rue de la Commune Ouest
Montreal, Canada
514-496-7678
oldportofmontreal.com

Division Ste-Anne Monument

Located in Marguerite Bourgeoys Park on Wellington Street is the Division Ste-Anne Monument. This park is maintained by the city of Montreal. The Division Ste-Anne Monument is dedicated to those who died during the two World Wars from 1914 to 1918 and from 1939 to 1945. The gray stone monument is located in the Ashton Gardens and was sculpted by W. Marsden. The monument was created in 1923 and names were continuously added to it throughout World War II. The monument features a seated solider with a gun, a mother with a small infant on her lap and Saint Anne standing at the top of the monument with her arms open to the sky. Marguerite Bourgeoys Park, on less than three acres of land, is a good location for jogging, playing Frisbee or for having an outdoor picnic.

Division Ste-Anne Monument
Marguerite Bourgeoys Park
Corner of Wellington and Liverpool Street
Montreal, Canada

Article Written By Fitzalan Gorman

Fitzalan Gorman has more than 10 years of academic and commercial experience in research and writing. She has written speeches and text for CEOs, company presidents and leaders of major nonprofit organizations. Gorman has published for professional cycling teams and various health and fitness websites. She has a Master of Arts from Virginia Tech in political science and is a NASM certified personal trainer.

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