Lost Airmen of the Empire Memorial Sculpture Dedication

Jun 9, 2017

On June 1st, Victoria Airport Authority (VAA) dedicated the sculptural monument, “Lost Airmen of the Empire” at Patricia Bay’s (Victoria International Airport) Hospital Hill by Victoria Sculptor Illarion Gallant

This sculptural monument honours the Allied Airmen who gave their lives at Patricia Bay Air Station during the Second World War while working at RCAF Station Patricia Bay, or those who were aboard aircraft from that base. Hospital Hill, located along Mills Road on the North side of the Victoria International Airport, was home to the Medical Facilities for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Station Patricia Bay during the Second World War. 

The monument was selected by VAA and a group of citizens who formed a working group that had the common goal of increasing the awareness of the proud military history of the airport.   The main feature of the work is 25 – 12 ft high Corten Steel Cooper’s Hawk feathers.  The Cooper’s Hawk is a predator know for its extraordinary agility in flight and ferocity in hunting.  The names of the lost are water jet cut into the feathers.  The area surrounding the monument is landscaped and a row of red maples lines each side.  Approximately 1,000 salvaged bricks from a previously demolished military administration building  were saved and are incorporated into seating.  One central seating area is a memorial capsule filled with letters to veterans written by the local community and military memorabilia.

Many local dignitaries, veterans, VAA Board representatives and CEO and, high ranking military officials attended the dedication event which featured the 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron trooping their colours, a blessing by a Lieutenant Padre and an aircraft flypast.

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Photo Credit: Landon Sveinson

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