Cross of Sacrifice

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Municipality/Province: Ottawa, ON

Memorial Number: 35061-004

Type: Granite cross and base

Address: 280 Beechwood Avenue

Location: Beechwood Cemetery, National Military Cemetery, Section 27

GPS Coordinates: Lat: 45.4480473   Long: -75.6588916

Contributor: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Photo Credit: Timothy A. Graham

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission installed a Cross of Sacrifice in 1957 in Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa, Ontario. The Cross of Sacrifice, designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield in 1918, is one of two iconic features designed by Commonwealth War Graves Commission architects. Crosses of Sacrifice are found around the world in Commission cemeteries and in public cemeteries, such as Beechwood, where there is a concentration of War Dead. There are over 210 War Dead buried in Beechwood Cemetery alongside thousands of Veterans.

The Cross of Sacrifice at Beechwood is located in the centre of the Field of Honour in Section 27 where War Dead and Veterans are buried. In 1958, the Commission installed the Cremation Memorial in a rock garden adjacent to Section 27 where 31 War Dead are commemorated. A ceremony to dedicate the Cross of Sacrifice and Cremation Memorial was held in May 1959.

The Cross of Sacrifice in Beechwood Cemetery is one of 26 installed by the Commission across Canada.

Canada's military community has been burying its members throughout Beechwood Cemetery for more than 100 years. In 2007, Section 27, along with Section 103 and the military plots in Sections 29 and 19 were developed into Canada's National Military Cemetery.

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"TO THE HONOURED MEMORY OF THOSE SAILORS, SOLDIERS AND AIRMEN WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY IN TWO WORLD WARS AND WHO LIE BURIED IN THIS CEMETERY"

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