Manitoba Municipal Heritage Site No. 359

Manitou Cenotaph
Lots 9-11, Block 15

Manitou Cenotaph

Designation Date: December 9, 2010
Designation Authority: Manitou (Town)
Present Owner: Pembina (M)

The Manitou Cenotaph is an exceptional example of the kind of affecting tributes that small Manitoba towns put up after World War I to honour those who gave their lives during that conflict. Manitou’s memorial is an especially fine example of the type, topped with a sculptural figure of a solider at ease, staring forever into the distance. Erected in 1921, the frontispiece lists the names of battles, including Ypres, The Somme, Lens and Hill 70. And the three sides grimly identify the scores of young men from Manitou and the Rural Municipality of Pembina who never came home. Flanking black tablets feature the names of those who lost their lives in World War II. Marked by an elegant wrought iron fence, the memorial is a major feature on Manitou’s prime thoroughfare.

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