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Vancouver Honours: Beatty Mural, South Cenotaph

The Cenotaph (1924) at downtown Vancouver’s Victory Square is one location of many in the Vancouver area where Remembrance Day commemorations will take place.

Poppies at the Beatty Mural

Just minutes away on foot from Victory Square is the Beatty Street Mural, highlighting historical events and figures in the city’s history, beginning with the presence of First Nations, to Captain Vancouver sailing into the bay and meeting their Spanish navy counterparts, to aspirations of constructing a green “city of destiny”. A section of the mural shows painted images including poppies in remembrance of the fallen during two world wars of the 20th-century. The mural is located just steps from the north entrance of the Stadium-Chinatown SkyTrain station.

South Vancouver’s Cenotaph

Many may not be aware of another cenotaph in the former city of South Vancouver.

Opened in 1926 in the original municipality of South Vancouver, Memorial South Park was known initially as Wilson Park, and was designed to commemorate deceased soldiers in World War I. South Vancouver was amalgamated into the City of Vancouver in 1929, and Vancouver’s first Cenotaph, erected in 1926 at the former South Vancouver Municipal Hall, was moved to this park and rededicated in 1939. The cenotaph is located at the end of a tree-lined avenue as gateway into the park, standing modestly with little extra decoration. The inscription on the memorial reads: “To the memory of the men and women who served in the defense of their country”.

The park is located a few streets east from the intersection of East 41st Avenue and Fraser Street. With public transit from downtown Vancouver, take the SkyTrain’s Canada Line to Oakridge-41st Avenue station, before transferring onto an eastbound 41 bus (destination Joyce-Collingwood station).

With my 4th-generation iPodTouch (and Instagram), I made the photos above at the Beatty Street Mural on 15 October and 5 November 2013; and at Memorial South Park on 19 September 2013. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at

Sydney: ANZAC Day (2013)

The guns are silent.

In Australia and New Zealand, ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance to mark the 1915 landing at dawn of ANZAC troops at Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey in World War 1 (WW1). The Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZACs) saw their first WW1 military action in Gallipoli as part of an Allied expeditionary force whose aim was to free passage for allied shipping through the Dardanelles, a narrow strait connecting the Aegean Sea with the Sea of Marmara, and onwards to Constantinople (now Istanbul). Instead, months of heavy fighting became a stalemate with major losses on both sides.

The importance of this date for both countries has ensured that ANZAC Day takes place annually on the 25th of April. In the present, ANZAC Day is a day to remember Australians and New Zealanders who have represented and served their countries in combat and peacekeeping efforts around the world.

Most veterans from the two great world wars of the 20th-century are gone, and soon, they’ll all fade away; the last surviving Australian participant at Gallipoli died in 2002. If ANZAC day has become an excuse for consumption and frivolity, the historical context for present-day commemoration is in danger of becoming lost. Michael Brissenden wrote for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation :

… It’s clear now that Anzac Day has grown to become our most important commemorative day. But is that in itself enough? Should it also spark more of a national conversation? And shouldn’t we at least try and invest the day with what historians like Clare Wright call “historical authenticity”? Along with the mass patriotic sentiment, the huge crowds and even the football grudge matches the day now inspires, some are still searching for more.

The photographs below reflect a small cross-section of people and their memories. By pure chance, I meet with Australian World War 2 war-veteran and member of the Order of Australia Ken Curran.

I made all of the photos below on ANZAC Day (25 April) 2013 in the Sydney CBD. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at as

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