Memorial Garden Photo Tour
2001 Tour Photo Gallery
MEMORIAL GARDEN PHOTO TOUR
The Memorial Garden is not an inanimate monument. It is a place
Nor is the garden’s message for Canadians only; those Norman place names are so many reminders that the
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After entering the garden, one passes the Canadian flag and four glass steles situated on a stone terrace that dominates the valley below.
The four glass steles record the names of all the Canadian units – sea, land and air – which fought in the Battle of Normandy.
Looking across the valley from the terrace, attention is drawn to a black granite slab, situated in a grove of red maple trees
The words of Virgil’s Aeneid, Nulla dies umquam memori vos eximent aevo (Nothing
shall ever blot you from the memory of time), are inscribed on the
black granite slab
From the terrace, steps connect to a path leading to the valley below.
At the bottom of the steps there is an inscription on a black granite wall.
The inscription reads:
La libération vient par la mer
Liberation comes from the sea
A winding path from the steps at the bottom of the terrace leads down to the valley, and the grove beyond, framed by red maple trees.
Looking back from the grove to the terrace wall, fissured by a vertical black granite claw, symbolizing war.
An earlier view of the terrace wall and the black granite slab, set in a pool and framed by a rectangular patch of pale Caen stone.
Looking over the black granite slab, with Virgils words, to stone benches at the far side of the grove.
Part of the stone benches showing the coat of arms of Normandy and some of the names of the 122 communes in Normandy liberated by Canadian troops in 1944. The benches remind us that the sacrifices made by our soldiers were shared by thousands of French civilians.
C.H. Belzile, Marie-Noël Duhaime,
Jean Noël Le Montagner, and H.G. Needham