St John’s – Newfoundland
There are 6 Tommies in a neighbourhood development called Galway in Canada.
The Tommies were purchased by Danny Williams, CEO of DewCor, who was joined by Minister of Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament for St. John’s South-Mount Pearl Seamus O’Regan, as well as members of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment to unveil the figures which sit fittingly on the meridian of Beaumont Hamel Way (near the Ruth Avenue exit off of Pitts Memorial Drive).
“We must remember all that our Veterans have done in times of war, conflict, and peace, as it helps us better understand Newfoundland’s and Canada’s history. These There But Not There Soldier Silhouettes are a powerful reminder to all who pass by, that we must never forget. I encourage everyone to support this campaign and to think of those who have put service before self.
Our province’s proud yet tragic history of service to our country, even before we were a part of the Canadian Federation, must never be forgotten,” said Mr. Williams. “I had the absolute honour of attending ceremonies in Beaumont Hamel on July 1 several years ago, and it touched me in a way that is difficult to describe. When building Galway, I knew that I wanted to in some way pay tribute to our fallen soldiers and the sacrifices of hundreds of our young men and women; particularly in the first world war when a generation were sacrificed in the fight for the freedoms we enjoy today. These riveting Silhouettes stand proudly in tribute to those who have bravely served.”
– Minister O’Regan
The placement of these Silhouette Soldiers, during the upcoming season of remembrance is another important step in commemorating this part of Newfoundland and Labrador’s military history. Mr. Williams added that he was especially drawn to this charitable cause as the monies go to not just honour fallen soldiers, but also to help surviving veterans whose bravery and sacrifice remain so relevant in the world today.
“We are very appreciative of this installation at Galway which highlights the history of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, and honours those who have courageously served our country. These Silhouettes will serve as reminder to all who see them of the tremendous sacrifices that have been made, so that we may never forget.”
– BGen Edward Ring (Ret’d), former commanding officer of 1 RNR.