Famous Canadian Photo to Become a Statue

It is, perhaps, one of the most famous photos in Canadian history. The photo, entitled “Wait for Me, Daddy” became a beloved icon in Canada during, and after, World War Two. The photo was snapped in New Westminster, British Columbia and depicts a young boy racing to say good-bye to his father as he leaves for the European battlefields.

According to, the city wants to memorialize the photo with a monument that will be placed at the location where the initial event took place. They have commissioned Barcelona based sculptors Veronica and Edwin Dam de Nogales. While Veronica is a Spaniard, husband Edwin is a Canadian. New Westminster officials are aiming for a statue to be presented some time next year prior to a 2015 celebration marking the 70th Anniversary of the end of World War Two.

The photo was originally shot by the photographer as a panoramic view of the sheer overwhelming numbers of Canadian soldiers who were headed off to Europe. As so often happens, however, fate played a hand. As the photographer was snapping, young five year old Warren Bernard raced into the street to reach out for his father. Bernard recalls many years later of the feeling of just wanting to be with his father; just wanting to go with him; just not wanting him to leave everyone behind. The photo was an instant sensation as it played out on front pages everywhere in Canada. Even America’s legendary Life Magazine carried the Canadian photo.

Young Bernard traveled the country trying to raise money with war bonds for the Canadian war effort. He was so famous that the photograph actually hung in every school classroom in Canada for the entire duration of the war. Rotblatt-Amrany feels this piece of artwork is a great example of conveying emotion deeply without words. We offer a great gallery of impressive works of art. Check it out here!