These shots are from the last few weeks, taken at the National War Memorial and its surroundings.
A year ago today, two days after the death of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, rammed by a hit and run driver lunatic in Quebec, another deranged individual shot and killed Corporal Nathan Cirillo, who was serving that day here at the Memorial as one of the two sentries by the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The gunman made it into Centre Block, where he was shot and killed.
It was a shocking day for us. I was a few blocks away that morning at an appointment, and remember the lockdown of buildings, the strange deserted atmosphere of the downtown core later in the day. And I remember the following days, when the Memorial was reopened and the public started placing wreaths, flowers, and objects of remembrance at the site. One moment stands out to me- standing looking at these items and seeing a bride and groom come up out of the crowd and place a wreath. I found it touching- that on the most important day of their lives, a couple would take the time to show their respects in this way.