There is a statue on Winnipeg’s Memorial Boulevard that pays tribute to the women who served in Canada’s Armed Forces during World War I and II. During World War I nearly 3000 Canadian women were military nurses and during World War II some 45,000 women were clerks, cooks, heavy equipment drivers, telephone operators, parachute riggers and mechanics in Canada’s armed forces.
There are three figures in the statue and they represent each branch of the armed forces, the army, the navy and the airforce. The women look like they are taking their job seriously, but each has just a hint of a smile on her face.
This monument was unveiled in July of 1976 and was erected by the Women’s Tri-Service Association–Winnipeg Veterans of World War I and II.
A mural on a building on Fort Street that I often walk by also pays tribute to women’s contributions to the military. The mural represents the three branches of the service, army, navy and airforce and a woman is leading the men carrying a banner that says Fort Garry Unit #60- Shoulder to Shoulder.
The Shoulder to Shoulder slogan on the banner the woman is holding comes from this poster for the Canadian army that shows women working shoulder to shoulder with men in the war effort.
An older photo of the Fort Street mural also shows a female army nurse and the quote from the poem by Laurence Binyon,
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.