War Memorial Municipal Heritage Site
Branch, Newfoundland and Labrador, A0B, Canada
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The War Memorial at Branch is located on the grounds of Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church. It features an inscribed, grey granite monument approximately three metres high. The municipal heritage designation includes the monument, and the area encompassing the footprint of the monument plus three metres in each direction out from the monument.
The War Memorial has been designated a municipal heritage site by the Town of Branch because of its historic, social and aesthetic values.
The War Memorial has historic value because its inscriptions record the names and sometimes military divisions of local men who volunteered for military and support services in World Wars I and II. Part of its inscription reads: “Erected by the people of this community in grateful remembrance of those who paid the supreme sacrifice in the two Great Wars and to honour all others who served so valiantly in the cause of freedom.” The names inscribed in granite are of those who lost their lives during war, while others who served are listed on a bronze plaque.
The War Memorial has social value because it was erected in 1980 as a community effort, and the monument is the focal point for Branch’s annual Remembrance Day ceremonies.
The War Memorial has aesthetic value because of its prominent placement on the grounds of Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church, and because of its appearance. It is comprised of a slab of grey granite bearing on its façade the inscribed caribou emblem of the historic Newfoundland Regiment, inscribed text, and a bronze plaque. These materials and design make it readily identifiable as a war monument.
Source: Town of Branch Regular Council Meeting November 24, 2008.
Those elements which contribute to the site’s historic and aesthetic values including:
-design, dimensions and materials of the monument;
-inscribed text and symbols on the monument;
-and the bronze plaque affixed to the monument.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Municipal Heritage Building, Structure or Land
Theme - Category and Type
- Building Social and Community Life
- Community Organizations
Function - Category and Type
- Commemorative Monument
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador
1 Springdale Street
St. John's, NL
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