‘We will remember them’ at the Cross of Sacrifice

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau from QCT archives

Wreaths are placed by representatives of government, civilian and military organizations around the base of the Cross of Sacrifice on Remembrance Day each year. This photo was taken on Nov. 11, 2015. Representatives of the Canadian Armed Forces (Army, Navy and Air Force) and a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer stand as sentries around the base of the cross.

At the entrance to the Plains of Abraham, near Porte Saint-Louis, stands the Cross of Sacrifice, where Remembrance Day ceremonies are held each year on Nov. 11.

Inaugurated on July 1, 1924, this monument recalls the sacrifice of members of the Canadian Armed Forces who died during the First World War.

During its construction, a handful of earth from Vimy Ridge was deposited under the base, to recall this significant battle in the emergence of Canada on the world stage.

The words “À nos morts glorieux – 1914-1918 – To our glorious dead” and the Quebec motto “Je Me Souviens” (“I Remember”) are engraved on the base of the monument. The dates 1939-1945 and 1950-1953 were subsequently added in memory of those who died during the Second World War and the Korean War.

A floral mosaic, which includes red poppies symbolizing the fallen, is arranged around the foot of the cross each year by the National Battlefields Commission.

During the ceremony, the ‘Verse of Memory,’ an excerpt from “For the Fallen,” a poem by the English poet and writer Laurence Binyon, published in The Winnowing Fan: Poems on the Great War in 1914, is read:

“They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.”

Note: The QCT went to print on Monday evening, Nov. 9, two days before this edition was put on newsstands and in the mail to our subscribers. Photos of this year’s Remembrance Day ceremony will appear in the Nov. 18 edition.