Cenotaph (Montreal)

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Cenotaph
Coordinates 45°29′55.0788″N73°34′7.878″W / 45.498633000°N 73.56885500°W / 45.498633000; -73.56885500 Coordinates: 45°29′55.0788″N73°34′7.878″W / 45.498633000°N 73.56885500°W / 45.498633000; -73.56885500
Location Place du Canada
Type Monument
Material bronze, granite
Opening date 1921
Dedicated to death combatants in World War I, World War II, and Korean War

The Cenotaph is a public monument in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, commemorating the First and Second World Wars and Korean War.

Montreal City in Quebec, Canada

Montreal is the most populous municipality in the Canadian province of Quebec and the second-most populous municipality in Canada. Originally called Ville-Marie, or "City of Mary", it is named after Mount Royal, the triple-peaked hill in the heart of the city. The city is centred on the Island of Montreal, which took its name from the same source as the city, and a few much smaller peripheral islands, the largest of which is Île Bizard. It has a distinct four-season continental climate with warm to hot summers and cold, snowy winters.

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The Governor General of Canada, Lord Byng of Vimy, unveiled Montreal's Cenotaph in the Place du Canada, a part of Dominion Square, in 1921. The monument was inspired by the Cenotaph, London (1920).

Governor General of Canada representative of the monarch of Canada

The Governor General of Canada is the federal viceregal representative of the Canadian monarch, currently Queen Elizabeth II. The person of the sovereign is shared equally both with the 15 other Commonwealth realms and the 10 provinces of Canada, but resides predominantly in her oldest and most populous realm, the United Kingdom. The Queen, on the advice of her Canadian prime minister, appoints a governor general to carry out most of her constitutional and ceremonial duties. The commission is for an unfixed period of time—known as serving at Her Majesty's pleasure—though five years is the normal convention. Beginning in 1959, it has also been traditional to rotate between anglophone and francophone incumbents—although many recent governors general have been bilingual. Once in office, the governor general maintains direct contact with the Queen, wherever she may be at the time.

Julian Byng, 1st Viscount Byng of Vimy British Army officer who served as Governor General of Canada

Field Marshal Julian Hedworth George Byng, 1st Viscount Byng of Vimy, was a British Army officer who served as Governor General of Canada, the 12th since Canadian Confederation.

Place du Canada square in Montreal, Canada

Place du Canada is a large urban square in downtown Montreal.

On the sixth anniversary of the armistice (November 11, 1924) a crowd assembled at the monument. At exactly eleven o'clock the assembled crowd fell silent for two minutes.

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