The City of New Westminster, British Columbia, unveiled a new monument early this October, a sculpture by Veronica and Edwin Dam De Nogales, based on the well known photograph often called “Wait for Me, Daddy” taken October 1, 1940 as the British Columbia Regiment, Duke of Connaught’s Own Rifles, marched down Eighth Street in New Westminster towards the train station.
Claude P. Detloff, a photographer for the Vancouver Province newspaper, caught this poignant wartime moment. “Whitey” Bernard was the little boy; his mother was Bernice Bernard; his father Private Jack Bernard.
New Westminster has a new website with information about the photo, the statue and future planned events. This includes a video of the unveiling: Wait for Me Daddy
The “Wait for Me, Daddy” photograph was widely seen during World War II in Canada and worldwide. Below is a photo showing Whitey Bernard at Fairfield School in Vancouver in 1944 pointing to himself in the photograph.
See the Vancouver Province for more about the photo, the photographer and this British Columbia World War II story beginning with “The Province’s Wait for Me Daddy photograph makes a lasting impression” by Kent Spencer, September 29, 2014.