Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Paying Quiet Tribute To The Fallen Of War

A visit to the Peace Tower observation deck always means stopping in the Memorial Chamber afterwards. Since Centre Block was reconstructed during and after the First World War, the Memorial Chamber was meant to be a key aspect of the new building. It contains books of remembrance listing the names of Canadian fallen in war and military service, with pages turned on a set schedule so that each page of each book is visible at least once a year. As well, there are intricate carvings on the walls and stained glass windows. It is a solemn, dignified place.

26 comments:

  1. Very somber yet very beautiful, too. And sad. Such things are always sad.

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  2. The truth of history is worthy and should not disappear with time.

    Tomás.

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  3. Beautiful memorial! I'm soaking up the beautiful tulips in your header. Although our snow is melting fast it will be a while till we see spring flowers. A few geese and swans have managed to make their way this far north though.

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  4. What a wonderful idea of those turning pages!

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  5. i love the owl, neat lighting coming through the stain glass windows. so amazing!! ( :

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  6. Beautiful! I love seeing inside of churches.

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  7. Thank you for the tour through this solemn place, William !

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  8. A beautiful but somber memorial....

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  9. @Kay: they are.

    @Tomas: true.

    @Elaine: it will be a month before this year's tulips show up.

    @Jan: it is a very good idea.

    @Beth: stained glass is appropriate here.

    @Halcyon: the room feels like a sanctuary.

    @Karl: you're welcome.

    @Norma: it certainly is.

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  10. It's design works well to set the tone for people to stop and remember . Is there a style name for the detailed carvings which are seen in other places as well?

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  11. Beautiful windows, amazing sculptures!

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  12. Love the beautiful designs inside the church.

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  13. Very poignant post and beautiful photos.

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  14. @Red: I don't know if carvings get named, but the style's typical of Gothic Revival architecture.

    @Sharon: they certainly are.

    @VP: the work that was done here really is stunning.

    @Nancy: it's a sacred space, as far as I'm concerned.

    @Linda: thank you.

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  15. It looks like a beautiful spot, William.

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  16. These sacred places are always very emotional to me when I visit them. Marvelous photos William.

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  17. That quite a place, we should never forget..

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  18. @Ciel: indeed.

    @RedPat: it is.

    @Denise: they have that effect on me.

    @Tex: I quite agree.

    @Cloudia: that's true!

    @Geoff: it was the right thing to incorporate this into the building, especially given the aftermath of that war.

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  19. What a lovely idea on how to honor the fallen!

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