Monuments & Memorials
Throughout the course of the tour, monuments and memorials are especially meaningful. We see them in downtown cores, in small towns on the sides of roads, near cemeteries, in residential areas, at battle sites. Who created them and for what purpose is a central consideration as we examine how the events of the war are remembered and what this tells us about the creators.
Consider these same questions with your students:
Why is the monument located where it is?
Who is the monument for? Who needs to be reminded?
Who designed it?
What symbols are used? Why were they chosen?
Is a monument the same as art? Is any interpretation acceptable?
How do loved ones remember those who served?
Click here to visit the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Learning and Resources page, and here to visit the War Graves Photographic Project.
This 2015 article in Canadian Military History, "'Time but the impression deeper makes' Approaches to Canadian Epitaphs of the Great War," by Eric McGeer, offers some excellent background on war graves epitaphs of the First World War.