Located near the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, the National War Memorial, and Parliament Hill is the Valiants Memorial, which commemorates 14 individuals who made significant contributions to Canada’s military history in various wars over the last 400 years.
It is on the corner of Elgin and Wellington where we see the story of Major Paul Triquet, one of the last Canadian recipients of the Victoria Cross. The award represents “an act of valour or self-sacrifice, or extreme devotion to duty in the face of the enemy.”
Facing the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Captain John Wallace Thomas seems to be staring down at something, or someone, slightly to his left. His is the only bust on that rail of the Valiants Memorial with a small tilt on the head.
At the Valiants Memorial off of Wellington Street by Parliament’s East Block, a statue of Laura Secord stands amongst that of 13 others – heroes, all of them.