Unveiling and dedication of John McCrae statue in Guelph

Guelph, ON, Friday, June 19, 2015 – On Thursday, June 25, the City of Guelph and The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery will unveil and dedicate a bronze statue of John McCrae—commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Guelph native’s famous war poem, In Flanders Fields.

Remember Flanders, by renowned Canadian sculptor Ruth Abernethy, is the second casting of an identical statue located at the National Artillery Memorial in Ottawa. The McCrae statue represents a major addition to the City’s public art collection.

The ceremony, open to the public, begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Guelph Civic Museum.


John McCrae statue unveiling and dedication


  • His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston Governor General of Canada
  • Honorary Colonel Michael D. McKay, Chair L. Col. John McCrae Statue Committee
  • Reverend John Borthwick, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
  • Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie
  • John McCrae Public School students
  • The Honourable William C. Winegard, Honorary Chair of the L. Col. John McCrae Statue Committee
  • St. George’s Anglican Church Carillon
  • Artist Ruth Abernethy


Guelph Civic Museum, Front Terrace, 52 Norfolk Street, Guelph


Thursday, June 25
10:30 a.m. (arrive no later than 10:10 a.m. in preparation for the arrival of dignitaries)
Please note: Seating is reserved for invited guests only


There is no onsite parking available at the Guelph Civic Museum on the day of the statue dedication. Parking at the Church of Our Lady Immaculate is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The nearest surface parking lots are on Wilson and Macdonell streets.

For more information

Ella Pauls
Manager, Cultural Affairs and Tourism
519-822-1260 extension 2589