Sir Frederick G. Banting Square, adjacent to the Banting House National Historic Site, is highlighted by two features: a statue of Frederick Banting and the Flame of Hope.
The life-size statue of this famous Canadian, was commissioned by the London & District Branch of the Canadian Diabetes Association in 1988. The statue depicts him at the approximate age of 30, shortly after the discovery of insulin, and is the focal point of Sir Frederick G. Banting Square.
On July 7, 1989, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother kindled the Flame of Hope before 4,000 spectators.
Her Majesty was escorted by The Honourable Judge John M. Seneshen, originator of the Flame of Hope and the late Colonel Tom Lawson, who helped found Banting House.
This symbol of hope burns for all those with diabetes that a cure will soon be found. It is also recognized as a tribute to Dr. Banting’s unrelenting pursuit of insulin; to the lives already lost to the disease; and to the continuing perseverance of those who live with diabetes today.
While the Flame of Hope is a symbol of hope, it is also a reminder that insulin is only a control for diabetes, not a cure. Only when that cure is at last found, will the Flame of Hope be extinguished.