The Memorial Chamber is contained within the Peace Tower, directly over the main entrance. Stained glass windows and elaborately carved details loom over a series of books of remembrance paying tribute to those who died in military service for the country. Each morning, pages are turned in the books so that a page will be visible at least once a year. Inscriptions on the walls include theatres of operation and battles of specific wars or passages of scripture or literature.
The floor inside contains blocks marked with major World War One battles that involved Canadians, such as the Arras and Cambrai campaign that was part of the Hundred Days that ended the war.
The books of remembrance will be moved out to a new location for the duration of the project, and the ritual of page turning will continue to take place each day at 11 AM. This case contains the book for the dead of the South African War and other names of the latter 19th century.
Taken from nearby, this includes the South African War book on the right, and the War of 1812 commemoration on the left. While I was in here I chatted with one of the guides, who confirmed that work is being done to compile a formal book for the dead of the War of 1812- a problem given that many of the rank and file names simply were not kept in records upon their deaths.
This book contains names from Newfoundland and Labrador, as the province wasn't a province until 1949, and during the two World Wars, soldiers and sailors from there served separately from Canadian forces, often under British commanders. Hence their names are kept in this book.
The central book of the room contains the names of the dead of the First World War, and is held at the top of this elaborately carved centrepiece.
Here we have a view towards the book containing names of the dead from the Second World War.
Looking up gives another perspective on some of the carving done in here. I'll carry on here in tomorrow's post.