Monument of the Week. The Royal Newfoundland Regiment Caribou.

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 A Pitiful Act of Destruction

As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the destruction of the Berlin Wall today- a sort of monument against freedom and symbol of the cold war- it is with great sadness that I post this weeks monument. One of my personal favorites and one that suffered a senseless  and cowardly act of vandalism.

Many of our memorials are victimized this way. Our National War Memorial in Ottawa has suffered this at least twice. The first time, remembered to most Canadians, was when three youths decided to urinate  on  this most respected and revered monument to  Canadian veterans,  on Canada Day 2006- not really vandalism I should add, but equally as devastating and insulting. Just recently, The bullet scars that now mark the National Memorial after the brutal and senseless shooting of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo of Hamilton, adds to the count.

The Caribou of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment is one of our most important icons of Canadian WWI history . This regiment fought too courageously for words to express and paid the ultimate sacrifice that cannot be repaid by any Canadian. To desecrate the Caribou of Bowring Park or any part of this treasured Saint Johns monument is a sinful act of disgrace to those  who paid the cost for the progress freedom.

Absolute shame on those who did this.

And thank you to those who labored the long hours and cared enough to repair the Caribou of Bowring so that The Royal Newfoundland Regiment memorial is always proudly seen as representing this heroic regiment that has earned the right to this honor and our undiminished respect.

Please read the article below in this post.

And please visit the post ” The Royal Regiment of Newfoundland and the Caribou”in this blog posted almost a year ago today (2013/11/23). 

Thank you

Richard Parrish

 

Caribou war memorial returns to Bowring Park

Monument needed repairs after antlers damaged by vandals

Nov 10, 2013 12:56 PM NTCBC News

The Caribou monument was returned home to Bowring Park on Saturday, after undergoing repairs for damages caused by vandals.

The 85-year-old bronze statue commemorating Newfoundlanders who died in the First World War was taken out of the park in early September.

Repairs took months — but for the people involved it was a labour of love.

Frank Gogos, with the Newfoundland Bronze Foundry, said everyone involved was more than happy to take part in the repairs and reinstallation.

Frank Gogos, with the Newfoundland Bronze Foundry, says working on the Caribou Monument was a big honour for everyone involved. (CBC)

“I’ve been studying the history of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment for a number of years, and to be involved in such a monumental icon of Newfoundland history is just something I’ll take with me forever,” Gogos said.

“This is a life-changing moment to be able to work on the caribou, and everybody who’s been involved in it, their life changes a little bit when they understand how much this means to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.”

Morgan MacDonald, sculptor and project director, said he was hoping to get the project finished in time for Remembrance Day.

“We didn’t want to disappoint the veterans, and of course it’s a special memorial for Bowring Park and the city of St. John’s. It’s an iconic piece,” he said.

MacDonald said to be selected to work on the famous caribou was a pleasure.

“The caribou has been such an icon for the city, and for the province as a whole, and to be connected and part of that history right from the First World War, and to be picked to do this … it’s truly an honour to be a part of this. It’s an icon, in our history and in our heritage.”

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About WW1monuments/Canada

Born in Toronto Canada, Richard is a graduate of Fine Arts from York University. He is currently completing a photo book that documents the most significant World War 1 monuments and memorial sites in Canada. The book is to be published in 2014.
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