Valiants Memorial

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Valiants Memorial
Monument aux Valeureux
Canadian Heritage, National Capital Commission, Valiants Foundation[1]
Valiants memorial west.jpg
Five busts on the west side of the memorial represent each of the five military periods
For fourteen key figures from the military history of the country
Unveiled5 November 2006
Designed byMarlene Hilton Moore, John McEwen

The Valiants Memorial (French: Monument aux Valeureux) is a military monument located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It commemorates fourteen key figures from the military history of Canada. Dedicated by Governor General Michaëlle Jean on 5 November 2006,[2] the work consists of nine busts and five statues, all life-sized, by artists Marlene Hilton Moore and John McEwen.[3]

The monument was installed around the Sappers Staircase, an underpass on the northeastern corner of Confederation Square, adjacent to the National War Memorial. The wall of the staircase is decorated with a quotation from the Aeneid by Virgil:[4]

"Nulla dies umquam memori vos eximet aevo"[5]

which translates to "No day will ever erase you from the memory of time".

The heroes commemorated in the monument are:

Hero Type Image
Le comte de Frontenac bust Frontenac bust.jpg
Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville statue Pierre LeMoyne d'Iberville.jpg
Hero Type Image
Thayendanegea (Joseph Brant) statue Thayendanegea (Joseph Brant) statue.jpg
John Butler bust John Butler bust.jpg
Hero Type Image
Major-General Sir Isaac Brock, KB bust Isaac Brock bust.jpg
Charles de Salaberry statue Charles Michel d'Irumberry de Salaberry statue.jpg
Laura Secord statue Laura Secord statue.jpg
Hero Type Image
Georgina Pope bust Georgina Pope statue.jpg
General Sir Arthur Currie, GCMG, KCB statue Arthur Currie statue.jpg
Corporal Joseph Kaeble, VC, MM bust Joseph Kaeble bust.jpg
Hero Type Image
Lieutenant Robert Hampton Gray, VC, DSC bust Hampton Gray bust.jpg
Captain John Wallace Thomas, CBE bust John Wallace Thomas.jpg
Major Paul Triquet, VC, CD bust Triquet statue.jpg
Pilot Officer Andrew Mynarski, VC bust Andrew Mynarsky bust.jpg


  1. ^ "Valiants Memorial Unveiled" (Press release). Government of Canada. 6 November 2006. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  2. ^ Bill Curry (6 November 2006). "Memorial marks valiant efforts". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Valiants Memorial". Canadian Heritage, Government of Canada. 7 June 2016. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  4. ^ David Williams (2009). Media, Memory, and the First World War. McGill-Queen's Studies in the History of Ideas, 48. Montreal, Kingston, London, Ithaca: McGill-Queen's University Press. pp. 286–287. ISBN 978-0-7735-3507-7.
  5. ^ Vergilius, Aeneis, IX, 447 :
    Fortunati ambo! si quid mea carmina possunt, (446)
    nulla dies umquam memori vos eximet aevo, (447)
    dum domus Aeneae Capitoli immobile saxum (448)
    accolet imperiumque pater Romanus habebit. (449)
    The same verse, in an English translation, is now engraved on a wall in the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York: "No day shall erase you from the memory of time".

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