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Architects' Corner - Learning Station 1

Hello Architects' Corner! Your group will explore physical reminders of remembrance.

What are physical reminders of remembrance? They are structures such as memorials, monuments and war cemeteries that are designed to help us remember the First World War and those who served in the First World War.

Often these physical reminders of remembrance like memorials and monuments are designed by architects or sculptors.


There are thousands of memorials, monuments and cemeteries in Canada and around the world. Here are a few examples:

The National War Memorial in Ottawa is a focal point in our country's capital.

The Vimy Memorial in France towers over what was once the battlefields and can be seen for many miles in every direction.

The striking St. Julien Memorial is located in Belgium. The sculpture shows a soldier bowing his head and resting his hands on his gun.

Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial features a life-size bronze monument of a caribou. It overlooks the battlefield trenches and slopes where the battles of the Somme and Beaumont-Hamel took place.

Your Task

Your group will design a remembrance monument or memorial about Canadian First World War Veterans.

  1. Discuss how you want your monument or memorial to look. Will it be made of brick, metal, rock or some other material? How will it symbolize remembrance? Will it have names engraved on it? Will it be big or small?
  2. Sketch your monument design onto a small piece of paper.
  3. Next, draw your monument onto the poster paper and use the markers and/or pencil crayons to colour it in.
  4. When you are finished you will present your monument to the whole group, so plan what you will say in advance.
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