November 24th, 2014

The City of New Westminster has commissioned internationally acclaimed sculptors, Veronica and Edwin Dam De Nogales, to create a war memorial sculpture, based on Wait for Me Daddy, Canada’s iconic World War II photograph by Province Newspaper photographer, Claude P. Dettloff.

If you aren’t familiar with the Wait for me Daddy photo taken on October 1, 1940, Dettloff was photographing The British Columbian Regiment marching down 8th Street in New Westminster. In a random moment, Dettloff snapped a young boy, Whitey Bernard, escape his mother’s grasp and run towards his father marching off to war. Wait for Me Daddy became an enduring symbol of Canada’s World War II effort.


The monument was unveiled October 4, 2014 at Hyak Square, near the exact spot where Dettloff captured this special moment. The Anvil Centre has launched an exhibit running through October 4th to January 24th to highlight the sculpture and historic photograph. This exhibit is complimentary and open to the public.


We encourage you to visit the Wait for Me Daddy exhibit and statue at the newly opened Anvil Centre. Trapp+Holbrook is located just a short walk’s away from this exciting and educational exhibit. Be sure to stop by while you’re in the area to learn more about this historic neighbourhood and how it could be your new home. We are open daily from 12-5pm except Friday at 702 Columbia Street. We hope to see you soon!