Fighting Spirit

Colin Tobin

St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada

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The National War Memorial in St. John’s, Newfoundland is the most elaborate of all the post World War I monuments in Newfoundland. It was erected at King’s Beach on Water Street where, in 1583, Sir Humphrey Gilbert claimed Newfoundland for England. It was formally unveiled on Memorial Day, July 1, 1924 by Field Marshal Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig.

At the top of the central pedestal is a figure of a woman. It symbolizes Newfoundland’s willingness to serve and the spirit of loyalty to the Empire. She is holding a flaming torch in her left hand as a symbol of freedom. In her right hand, she is holding a sword poised and ready to battle, if she must.

Each year the National War Memorial is the site of several ceremonies to commemorate those soldiers who died in past wars.

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