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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Cenotaphs: Part 2, University Avenue

It's hard to believe that for such a young country, relatively speaking, we have been involved in a lot of military action. Either home or abroad. On University Avenue, between Queen St. and College, there are several specific Cenotaphs and War Memorials. Most Cenotaphs are generic, and mention the three major wars we were involved in. The ones on University mention either a specific war or battle.

On the intersection of Queen and University is a rather large on. This memorial is a rather large column with sculptures and dedications.

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There is a dedication that I tried to get a picture of but didn't come out clearly. It reads, "To the memory and in the honour of the Canadians who died defending the Empire in the South African War 1899-1902" Here's the large size of the picture. As well a picture of the Heritage plaque of the creator of this memorial and several others across Toronto and Canada.

South Africa MemorialPlaque for the South Africa Memorial

Next up the avenue is the RCAF Memorial that's dedicated to all airmen that have served or died. Two notes about some of these pictures, when I was uploading them I failed to notice the graffiti on the ground stone. It's not bad just people writing in the grime on it. As well in the first picture, you can actually see me reflected in the polished granite.

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RCAF Memorial

Here's an interesting observation on this memorial. The person holding his hands out stretched below the bird is nice. I think that the bird is a semblance of the old style cap badges of the Royal Canadian Air Force. I will find a picture and try to have it posted before too long. I have to go home and check to see if I have an old cap badge first.

The last memorial along this stretch is the "Great War" Cenotaph and Memorial. This one is along the lines of most memorials in small towns. It has carved into it all the names of the fallen from the municipality of Toronto.

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Great War Memorial

These are just some of the Memorials in this area. If you go to Queens Park which is just two blocks north of the Great War memorial there are at least two there. One I will be talking about in great detail, the other will be part of another post. Until next time, keep marching.


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