New Westminster – On October 4, 2014 at 7:30 pm, the New Westminster Police Department will have the honour of lighting the Wait for Me Daddy war memorial for the first time following the memorial’s official unveiling earlier that day at 11am, Hyack Square. The memorial has a special lighting feature that will be turned on each night thereafter.
This is the first time the City of New Westminster will unveil the memorial to the public after commissioning sculptors Veronica and Edwin Dam De Nogales to create the piece in commemoration of the famous photo taken on October 1, 1940 by Canadian Photographer Claude P. Dettloff of the Province Newspaper. The Wait for Me Daddy war memorial will be permanently situated at New Westminster’s Hyack Square (Columbia at 8th Street), the exact location the British Columbia Regiment marched through to catch a waiting ferry to their secret military training destination at the time of the photo.
“We are delighted to take part in this historic event and wish to invite all members of the public to attend the first lighting of the monument,” said Chief Constable Dave Jones.
Included in the event will be a brief ceremony of military traditions to announce the lighting of the monument. For more event details, please visit www.waitformedaddy.com