Each community cenotaph is different, but many share common themes: most prominently feature the names of community members killed in action and visually depict a soldiers’ sacrifice. These monuments form the background for Remembrance Day ceremonies
across the country.
The Yarmouth Cenotaph is a prime example of these community memorials. The construction of a cenotaph to honour Yarmouth’s war dead was first brought forward by a local council of women in 1920. The statue was officially unveiled in 1923 and the names
of 173 Yarmouth men who gave their lives during the Great War were added to the base. Like many community cenotaphs, the names of men who died in the Second World War and Korean War have been added in subsequent years.
("Unveiling of the Yarmouth War Memorial, 1923," University of Western Ontario, War, Memory and Popular Culture Archives.)