Sunday, September 18, 2016

Call To Duty

The march out from the Memorial after the service included the flag bearers.

I took some shots afterwards, including this closeup of the Memorial's statue, informally called the Big Guy.

I happened to also get a shot of Ralph Goodale, the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, speaking with a number of reporters. He's always struck me as a calm and steady voice. I think that comes across here.

A number of firefighters were lining up for photos. I decided to take some shots.

And so I took leave, with the two fire trucks on the scene lowering their ladders.


  1. I like to see them in their smart uniforms. The uniforms of our Malaysian fire fighters are in bright orange.

  2. These public workers deserve to be remembered.


  3. Very nice ceremony. I like the statue of the Big Guy, it's such an appropriate name for it.

  4. I like the uniforms and the fire trucks !

  5. The fact that the firetrucks were there really helps tell the story. You are quite a photojournalist!


  6. An wonderful memorial all round William. Loved your photos last post. My dad fought with the Black Watch during the war, kilts are a bit of an emotional trigger for me!

  7. I'm going to remember that day forever! Nice you could be there, enjoyed your posts.

    1. It would be a most meaningful day for you and your family.

  8. Um belo momento muito bem fotografado
    Uma semana plena de sorrisos e muita paz
    Um abraço

  9. Ralph Goodale...good old Saskatchewan boy. It was an occasion to be mark with photo taking.

  10. Great photos! The first two look so dynamic, and I love the photos of fire truck in front of the beautiful sky!

  11. Lovely uniforms, flags and seeing the Canadian flag with the beautiful sky and fluffy clouds...fantastic!

  12. @Nancy: that I wouldn't have known!

    @Tomas: they do.

    @Marianne: that it was.

    @Bill: it is a very good name.

    @Karl: as do I.

    @Janis: thanks!

    @Grace: the sound of the pipes do that for me, though there's not a bit of Scots in me.

    @Furry Gnome: it's a day I'll long remember.

    @Tex: it fits!

    @Jackie: thanks!

    @Gracita: thank you.

    @Red: a calm voice in a storm, just the sort you want in a crisis.

    @Beth: thanks!

    @Tamago: thank you.

    @Sharon: and for the local one, a much shorter drive. The route out to Carleton Place is about an hour's drive.

    @Linda: thanks!

  13. Nice coverage of the day, William.

  14. Looks nice a lovely ceremony. Nice photos ♥

  15. You provide a dignified post honoring these good people in public service to us all, William. I'm sure they would be pleased to see it. Do share with Minister Ralph Goodale, who would appreciate your words

  16. Good shots of the day. The firefighters appear pleased and flattered with the attention. (And how fitting that Minister Goodale would have a calm and steady voice. Fitting for his position.)

  17. What an all out special event. I'm sure the firefighters liked having their photo taken.


  18. The kilts and jackets look so smart. Love that statue perspective.

  19. I have enjoyed seeing this ceremony through your eyes, very nicely captured. Calm and steady do come across in your photo of Ralph Goodale, as does serious dedication, all very important attributes for one in such a position.

  20. @RedPat: thanks!

    @Revrunner: indeed.

    @Summer: thank you.

    @Cloudia: I imagine he's got a twitter account.

    @Mari: thanks!

    @Whisk: thank you.

    @Kay: the right man for that particular job, I'd say.

    @Linda: it's very distinctive.

    @Janis: they were certainly enjoying that.

    @Gemma: I do as well. It's an imposing statue.

    @Anita: very much so, yes.