Thursday, May 11, 2017

Cross Of Sacrifice

The National Military Cemetery at Beechwood features two sections. This older section is built around the Cross Of Sacrifice, a common feature in Commonwealth War Cemeteries. This first shot features the graves of two Canadian generals from the Second World War, Charles Foulkes and Henry Crerar. It is fitting that they are buried with the veterans who survived the wars. I decided to use my photos of the other section of the National Military Cemetery for my Remembrance Day post in November.


Beechwood features sections set aside for the graves of RCMP officers and support staff. I'll show you some of that in tomorrow's closing post.


Another prominent grave I found along the way is that of Ray Hnatyshyn, a well liked politician who later became Governor General.


There is a monument here created in honour of Elizabeth Bruyere, who I mentioned in my posts from Notre Dame Cemetery, as well as St. Marguerite d'Youville, the founder of her order.


The Ottawa Police Service has an area set aside for its members here too.

32 comments:

  1. So nice to see a section for police officers, too.

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  2. A wonderful post. It is a beautiful cemetery. Thanks William!

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  3. ...William, a lovely place to visit.

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  4. Again, the thoughtful design of this place is impressive. Love the sculpture of figures.

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  5. A very nice sculpture scene.

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  6. A special area for police. That is touching.

    Janis
    GDP

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  7. It is good, I think, to memorialize the military and the police in such a way. I don't think a person is a hero simply for serving in the military - I know I'm not - but there were many true heroes and it's good to remember them by creating a special "garden" for their final resting place.

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  8. Wonderful place. I like the cross very much. It's simple and beautiful.

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  9. A beautiful cemetery, I like the sculpture too.

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  10. @Linda: it is.

    @Denise: you're welcome.

    @Tom: it was.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Gemma: I do too.

    @Marleen: I thought so.

    @Janis: it is.

    @Lowell: true.

    @Klara: I agree.

    @Karl: thanks!

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  11. The sculpture is wonderful William.. although a wee bit sad, cemeteries are quite a peaceful place to spend time.

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  12. One could spend a long time in this cemetery. You wonder through and find many graves of the well known. It's always a surprise unless you get a list.

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  13. Very peaceful place to rest. Your photos are beautiful!

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  14. such history. a way of remembrance. ( ;

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  15. Tanks and cannons. I can't recall seeing that in any of our veterans cemeteries, although there must be some.

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  16. Wonderful memorial and yet so sad.

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  17. Ottawa reminds me of Washington DC, there are so many monuments and memorials.

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  18. @Grace: they are.

    @Halcyon: I thought so!

    @Sharon: I was surprised by it.

    @Red: yes, I had a list. The reception center provided two maps- one with the general layout, and the other with the locations of notable people.

    @Tamago: thank you!

    @Beth: indeed.

    @Revrunner: it wouldn't surprise me.

    @Lauren: indeed.

    @Norma: we've got a lot of them.

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  19. A wonderful place! I like the cross and the sculpture, they both are very nice.

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  20. I find military cemeteries so very sad. Many of the dead were in the prime of their lives.

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  21. Interesting to see the cannons.

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  22. The size of the place is almost overwhelming. Those are great monuments.

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  23. I'm stuck at that Governor General's name. Never saw a name spelled like that.

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  24. @Bill: thanks!

    @Janey: true. A lot of these men came back after the war and lived to old age, but over in the new section, there are Afghan war casualties.

    @Lois: I thought so!

    @Mari: they certainly are.

    @Eve: it is quite a name.

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  25. Wonderful sculpture, a special area for police, that is nice to see.

    All the best Jan

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  26. Beautiful memorials in a peaceful place. So many sacrificed for the sake of peace.

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  27. A beautiful tribute but too bad there has to be one.
    MB

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  28. Although regular cemeteries don't have a huge effect on me, military cemeteries are very solemn and sad places.
    Thanks William, great posts...

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  29. I have never seen a National Military Cemetery.

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