This dramatic window depicts a dying Canadian soldier touching Christ’s foot as he breathes his last in The Great War of 1914-18. It was created in an era when an honourable death promised direct entry into Heaven.
Unfortunately, the life-sized scene has been located on a narrow mezzanine in the Armoury for many years and is not properly visible to the few members of the public who might see it. It is not backlit by natural light, but by a poorly designed 1960s light box. The century-old leading is failing and several panels are damaged. The repair and relocation of the window to a more public place in Regina would be well worth the expense if the city wishes to honour a powerful tribute to the sacrifice of Canada’s military men and women in missions all over the world in the 100 years since the memorial was created in Montreal.
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