I went off to the Canadian War Museum after the national service, which we'll start looking at tomorrow, and returned to the downtown core afterwards. I reached the War Memorial around quarter after five in the evening, after the sun had already set. There were still a good number of people around the Memorial. This shot from the south features Parliament Hill's East Block off to the left (with a section of it lit up beneath scaffolding as part of the work going on here) and the Chateau Laurier at the right.
The Memorial dates to 1939, but at its base is a more recent addition, dating to 2000. The Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier was placed here at the turn of the millennium. The body of an unknown Canadian soldier was selected from a cemetery near Vimy Ridge. The World War One battle was one of the watershed moments in Canadian history, and this soldier was selected to be repatriated back to Canada and placed here. The poppies and other items you see here happen each Remembrance Day, and started with the first Remembrance Day after the installment and dedication of the Tomb, a spontaneous act by the public that has since been embraced by the country as a whole.
This being the centennial year of the end of the Great War, the wreaths placed by several of the key dignitaries were different than usual. In 1919, wreaths of the time looked like this. The governor general, the Silver Cross Mother, and others placed these wreaths. In addition, another wreath was placed in commemoration of the First World War.
The rest of the wreaths, placed around the other sides of the Memorial, were of the kind I'm used to. Government ministries, various organizations, political parties, other levels of government, diplomatic missions, and private individuals placed wreaths here during and after the service.
Here we have a view of the National Arts Centre lit up across from the Memorial grounds. As I mentioned yesterday, for whatever reason the falling poppies showed up better in daylight on my camera than by night.
I paused to take a couple more shots of the Memorial and the Tomb.