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Honouring Our Fallen

The Never Forgotten National Memorial will be a place for remembrance and gratitude. It will bring forth an exciting new era of commemoration, one allowing Canadians to honour and respect Our Fallen in a manner never previously experienced or possibly even imagined. This memorial will ignite a new level of inspiration and passion within all Canadians and non-Canadians alike, through its spectacular maritime setting and the creation of the brand new iconic statue of Mother Canada, one that has been lovingly and respectfully modeled after the statue of Canada Bereft in Vimy France. Explore the history of our Canadian Armed Forces and of the Canadian Merchant Navy; the significance of the memorial site and its importance for families of Our Fallen; the impact it will have on Canadians today and for future generations to come; and how you can make a big difference and help contribute to the realization of this truly inspiring national endeavour.

Who Were They?

Sadly many were individuals like Ted Truskoski, a 17 year old solider who died in battle and now rests in a country thousands of miles away from his home. More than 114,000 Canadians and Newfoundlanders gave their lives overseas in defence of this great nation; brave men and women who never returned home.

Now is the time to Honour Canadian War Dead – Wherever They May Lie.
As this unique story of the Never Forgotten National Memorial unfolds, you will hopefully experience a far better understanding as to the world of those courageous individuals...

 
 

Listen to a letter written by an
8 year old girl to her father on
the front lines. (0:28 audio)

 
 

View a mother's condolence letter informing her of her son's death and place of burial.

Where Are They Now?

There are over 2,500 Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemeteries in 74 countries dedicated to fallen Canadians. The vast majority of these servicemen and women lost their lives in both World Wars, the Korean War, numerous peacekeeping missions and in recent international conflicts. The Never Forgotten National Memorial will proudly commemorate these brave individuals who lost their lives so far from home in defence of this great nation and its never ending quest for international peace.

View locations of War Graves and key battles throughout the world.

(interactive map)

“Tens of thousands of Canadians who died while serving Canada in its Armed Forces lie buried beyond our borders. The Never Forgotten National Memorial will be a magnificent addition to the commemorative landscape here at home – a place where citizens and visitors alike can pause and reflect on the sacrifice of those who gave their lives for values all Canadians hold dear.”

Bradley N. Hall

Secretary-General of the Canadian Agency of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission,

Ottawa, Ontario

A Beautiful Location, A Natural Fit

The location of the Never Forgotten National Memorial
will take advantage of the Cabot Trail’s iconic ocean look-out at Green Cove on Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island. From this point, Mother Canada will stand tall with arms outstretched to embrace each and every one of Our Fallen who lost their lives in overseas conflicts, peacekeeping roles and Canadian missions.

Discover the spectacular landscape of the memorial site.

View slide show.

Their journey overseas began here.

View slide show.

The resting places of 114,000 Canadians and Newfoundlanders.

View interactive map.

Solemn But Spectacular

Beneath stormy seas and in distant lands lie men and women who never returned home. The Never Forgotten National Memorial will be a place for visitors to reach back through the generations and forge a very real connection with this young nation’s Fallen Heroes. 

“This Memorial is a wonderful initiative that will give Canadians a steadfast symbol here in our country, to honour the unsurpassed bravery in the name of freedom and liberty, that Canadian soldiers displayed. The experience at the Vimy monument in France is incredibly moving, but not everyone is able to visit. This monument makes that symbol of sacrifice more accessible to Canadians.”

The Honourable Peter MacKay

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Regional Minister for the Maritimes

The resting places of 114,000 Canadians and Newfoundlanders

More than 114,000 Canadians and Newfoundlanders were buried in foreign countries, lost at sea or otherwise consumed into the landscapes of war. The Never Forgotten National Memorial will be oriented towards the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in Vimy, France. Our Mother Canada will symbolically reach out to the statue of Canada Bereft – that memorial’s very own soul and spirit.

Click on the maple leaf icon to unveil the final resting places of Our Fallen heroes.

 
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How Can I Help?

Your support is greatly needed to remember and honour those who fought for our freedom and never returned home. Donations and partnerships with the Never Forgotten National Memorial Foundation will focus on engaging Canadians and developing one of the most fitting and compelling national memorials in Canada. As the memorial is designed and future Legacy programs are developed, major donors, partners or individuals will have the opportunity to become further involved.

Major Gifts

The Never Forgotten National Memorial Foundation has developed recognition opportunities, at varying levels, for both Canadian and International donors. Additionally, there will be exclusive opportunities for major donors and partners to be recognized in the naming of halls, galleries, and displays throughout the memorial site. All donors to the Foundation will be eligible for a charitable tax receipt.

Learn more about major gifts.

Partnership Opportunities

As a living, breathing and fully interactive memorial, the Never Forgotten National Memorial will offer ongoing marketing opportunities for individuals and corporate partners. Partners will have the opportunity to share their passion for this Canadian memorial with their employees, customers, suppliers, friends and allies throughout the world.

Learn more about partnership opportunities.