Winnipeg’s Brookside Cemetery designated a National Historic Site

Winnipeg’s Brookside Cemetery has been designated a National Historic Site, according to an announcement by the federal government on Thursday.

Over 100,000 burials have taken place at the cemetery since 1878 and its Field of Honour is one of the largest veteran burial sites in Canada.

“It is fitting to announce the designation of Brookside Cemetery as a National Historic Site in advance of Remembrance Day,” said Kevin Lamoureux, member of parliament for Winnipeg North and parliamentary secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons.

“For many in this city, Brookside is the final resting place of our loved ones, and it is a location that people frequent to commemorate those who lost their lives in service during times of war. I am honoured to join the City of Winnipeg in sharing this important piece of our collective story with all Canadians.”

According to the federal government over 10,000 military service members have been laid to rest at Brookside.

“As one of the largest and most important veteran burial sites in Canada, Brookside Cemetery is very deserving of the distinction of being a National Historic Site,” said Mayor Scott Gillingham.

“The Field of Honour at Brookside Cemetery is a resting place to over 10,000 of our veterans. It has long been a respected and honoured place where we remember the sacrifices of those who have served. I would like to thank the City’s Public Service for their efforts in pursuing this designation, and encourage all Canadians to learn more about the importance of Brookside Cemetery and its Field of Honour.”

A few notable Canadians have also been laid to rest at Brookside, including Winnipeg’s first mayor — Francis E. Cornish, Sgt. Tommy Prince — one of Canada’s most decorated Indigenous war veterans, and Lt. Harry Colebourn — the Canadian soldier who purchased the bear that would go on to inspire the Winnie the Pooh stories.

With the recognition as a historic site, Brookside Cemetery has become the 24th National Historic Site in Winnipeg.

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