“For more than one hundred years, members of the Royal Canadian Navy have served our country with pride, bravely defending national waters and promoting freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law around the world,” said Prime Minister Harper. “The Royal Canadian Navy Monument is a tribute to our Navy’s proud history and a reminder that members continue to put themselves in harms way every day for the good of our great country.”
In true Navy tradition, the Monument was officially named by a member of the Service during the dedication ceremony. Miss Elsa Lessard, who served in the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service during the Second World War, accepted this honour.
The Royal Canadian Navy Monument was designed by artist Al McWilliams, architects Joost Bakker and Bruce Haden, all from Vancouver, British Columbia. The monument, which is located in the heart of Canada’s Capital Region, will act as a lasting tribute to Canada’s Navy – both past and present.