The Response, the formal title of Canada's National War Memorial, is a favourite photo subject for me. This first shot had it looking quite bleak, with the Chateau Laurier in the background.
On another day, the weather was in fine form as I visited, circling around the Memorial and taking in all of the details. The Memorial was inaugurated in 1939 by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth as a tribute to veterans of the First World War, and serves as a national memorial to all of the fallen of Canadian wars and military service. The Tomb of The Unknown Soldier is at its base, a more recent addition. It contains the remains of an unknown Canadian soldier re-interred here from his resting place at Vimy Ridge. From early April to the 10th of November, sentries are posted here throughout the day, standing at post for an hour before they are relieved by the next shift. They come from each branch of the armed forces, and will spend a few days doing this, twice a day, coming in from all parts of the country. Have a look at the changing of the sentries in this video. The ritual is brief, conducted at the end of the hour, alternating between English and French.