Friday, November 11, 2016

In Remembrance

Today is Remembrance Day here in Canada. It carries different names in different parts of the world, but marks the final day of the First World War, and is a day of commemoration for war dead in many places. I have a post scheduled to go live over at my writer's blog at the same time as this one, with photographs of the same two subjects, taken on different days and nights, so go and have a look at that one.

These first shots are from late October, taken in the evening on the last Sunday of the month. Parliament Hill has been the scene of a light display each night for the two weeks leading up to today, with large poppies descending down the stonework of Centre Block. Projectors shine the flowers onto the building for three hours in the evenings. On the main projector, screens on two sides also display photographs of veterans and serving men and women from across Canadian military history.

I took these a week later, this past Sunday, two days after the National War Memorial had been reopened to visits from the public following maintenance work over the last few months. I'll be down here today to attend the national ceremony, and then pay a visit to the War Museum afterwards. Posts of the occasion will be forthcoming later in the month. 

This final shot was taken the same day at twilight; we had turned the clocks back the evening before to standard time, so this was around quarter after five in the evening, with the sun already down. I took other shots in this area that evening, but I'm leaving those for my final post of the year.


  1. A great post and wonderful photos in honour of Remembrance Day, William.

  2. What a unique and fantastic posting.
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. A beautiful tribute to Remembrance Day. Love the colour of the light patterns on the building walls.

  4. If only we would learn from these wars and stop creating more conflict

  5. Belas fotografias e gostei do monumento.
    Um abraço e bom fim-de-semana.

  6. Nice tribute William. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Love those night shots and the memorial is beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

  8. @Linda: thank you.

    @MB: you're welcome.

    @Gunn: it is a privilege.

    @Gemma: it was a marvelous idea.

    @Marianne: it certainly is.

    @Mo: true.

    @Francisco: thanks.

    @Bill: you're welcome.

    @Lowell: thank you.

  9. the dark, moody poppies are quite poignant.

  10. I've always loved your National War Memorial William, you've certainly done it proud here, j'adore your final shot here.

  11. Nice touch with poppies on the parliament buildings. The war memorial has been polished up very nicely.

  12. I love the poppies projected on to the building. Nice post for today's remembrance.

  13. hope it is cool to pick a fave view? i really enjoy the like key hole shot ... that was great, William. awesome idea!! way cool. looks very cool in twilight. ( ;

  14. I love the light display - so beautiful and heartwarming.

  15. Love the light projections. Nice post for the day, William.

  16. I love the old classic buildings in your city.

  17. A great post for Remembrance Day, William. I love to see the poppys in the dark.

  18. Lovely post .We will always remember .

  19. Glad to see the War Memorial open again.

  20. Excellent night shots! I remember you posted that memorial before. It's impressive.

  21. @Tex: it was a very good idea.

    @Grace: I am glad it reopened.

    @Marleen: thank you.

    @Red: yes it has.

    @Sharon: I agree.

    @Beth: that view is taken from an entrance into the East Block.

    @Tamago: it was a great idea.

    @RedPat: thank you.

    @Catalyst: so do I.

    @Jan: I hope they do it again.

    @Country Gal: we will.

    @Furry Gnome: it was crowded yesterday.

    @Linda: it is a favourite photo subject.

    @Cloudia: indeed.

  22. Beautiful photos of a great tribute.