Victoria Park, located in Moncton, is a beautifully maintained, rectangular urban green space featuring monuments, a bandstand, a fountain, and walking paths. It is bordered by John Street to the north, Cameron Street to the west, Weldon Street to the east, and Park Street to the south.
The park is recognized for being among the earliest and finest public parks in Moncton, as well as for its notable monuments.
It was only a grassy field called the Moncton Commons when it was donated to the City of Moncton by the Moncton Land Company (John A. Humphrey, John Harris and Christopher P. Harris) in 1901.
The original park concept, called Victoria Square, was developed over the following 14 years.
The footpath design allows visitors to navigate the different features of the park. Victoria Park has served as the backdrop for significant community events, including royal visits, commemorative celebrations and annual craft fairs.
The park also contains:
– 1921 monument to members of the Moncton Land Company;
– 1922 World War I Cenotaph by Emmanuel Hahn;
– World War II artillery gun monument to the 8th Field Battery R. C. A. (Overseas) Association;
– 2000 twin monuments to fallen firefighters and police officers;
– an amphitheater/bandstand and a fountain.
Edith Louisa Cavell was a British nurse renowned for her selfless acts during the First World War. She devoted herself to saving the lives of soldiers on both sides without discrimination and aided around 200 Allied soldiers in escaping German-occupied Belgium. As a result of her actions, she was arrested by German forces.
On the morning of October 12, 1915, 49-year-old Cavell faced a German firing squad on the outskirts of Brussels, Belgium, after being sentenced to death for her involvement in an underground network. Her execution sparked outrage in Britain and internationally, and her story became a powerful symbol in Allied propaganda throughout the remainder of the war. Edith Cavell remains one of the most celebrated female heroes of World War I.
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