Soldiers’ commemoration. Waterfront Station, foot of Granville St.
“The Angel of Victory has been carrying a dead soldier heavenward since 1921, when the Canadian Pacific Railway commissioned Montreal sculptor Coeur de Lion McCarthy to commemorate the 1,115 CPR workers killed during the First World War.
Despite its name, there is nothing heroic or uplifting in the image of the angel carrying the soldier’s limp body. The soldier is dead, a young life snuffed out just as it’s beginning, and the angel gazes at him with sadness. It’s a subtle anti-war statement, a lament wrought by the appalling loss of human life in the Great War.” (Thanks to Ian Lindsay, Vancouver Sun, 2009).
The inscription reads:
To commemorate those in the service of the Canadian Pacific Railway Company who, at the call of King and country, left all that was dear to them, endured hardship, faced danger, and finally passed out of sight of men by the path of duty and self sacrifice, giving up their own lives that others might live in freedom.
Let those who come after see to it that their names be not forgotten.
1914-1918 1939 – 1945