Saturday October 4, 2014
The great unveiling was today. The federal and provincial governments partnered with the City of
, and with the help of many others, dedicated a national landmark on the spot of a memorable news photo. New Westminster
On October 1st, 1940, the British Columbia Regiment marched through
on their way to fight in WWII. Claude Dettloff of 'The Province' newspaper was set up to photograph the soldiers coming down New Westminster 8th Street. With the click of a button at the perfect moment, he snapped one of the most famous war photos in history: "Wait for Me Daddy."
In that moment, little
“Whitey” Bernard broke free from his mother's embrace to reach out to his father, a soldier marching off to war. This photo went "viral" for its time. It was featured on the Oct. 21st cover of Life magazine in 1940, and was displayed in every school throughout Warren during the war. Later, Whitey was used to travel and raise war bonds. British Columbia
To commemorate this iconic photo and the soldiers who fought in WWII, the city of
unveiled a memorial. Edwin and Veronica DamDeNogales won a competition to create the statue. (Together, the DamDeNogales have 25 permanent works worldwide and have participated in over 70 exhibitions.) New Westminster
It was only fitting that
“Whitey” Bernard returned to Warren Hyack Square to unveil the monument. The unveiling took place in Hyack Square at the corner of and Columbia 8th Street, New Westminster. The BC Lieutenant Governor, MPs, MLA's, local Mayors, WWII veterans, senior Canadian dignitaries, the Royal Westminster Regiment, as well as Claude P. Dettloff’s family attended the unveiling. Afterwards, the public surrounded the "Wait For Me Daddy" creation for their own memory picture. The Canadian Mint unveiled a "Wait For Me Daddy" commemorative 'toonie coin' at the event, and Canada Post released a "Wait for Me Daddy" stamp, which were dispensed at the new Anvil Centre across the street.