Monday, November 4, 2019

Autumn At The War Memorial

I wanted shots of fall colours around the National War Memorial, which lies in the heart of Confederation Square. The Memorial was first meant to memorialize the dead of the First World War, dedicated in 1939. It has since been dedicated to those of the Second World War, the Korean War, the Afghan War, the South African War, and all who have given their lives in military service. From early April to the day before Remembrance Day, military sentries stand guard before the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Here we have a view of it with the Chateau Laurier in the background.

I looked over towards Parliament Hill. The East Block, seen here, has some scaffolding around it, as this building is part of the ongoing rehabilitation work. Here on the grounds of the Memorial, some areas of the pavement are being worked on, hence the fencing.

The Memorial features allegorical figures standing high over a gate. Larger than life figures from each branch of the military, circa the First World War, are represented moving through the gate. As is so often the case with Canadian memorials, the emphasis of this war memorial is commemoration and mourning.

Off to either side are sitting areas, with plaques about the memorial. On this side, the plaques focus on the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier. I have more from here tomorrow.


  1. This part of the city is very beautiful.
    My family and I had a wonderful stay at Chateau Laurier many years ago.

  2. Rehabilitation work is a tough job.

  3. Great photos. The first one of the memorial with the building in the background is thought provoking.

  4. In each time of year it's an impressive monument.

  5. Very nice memorial … to never forget!

  6. Veterans' Day in the USA is next Monday. Your photo shoot today is reminding me that I need to get a photo to share.
    Janis GDP

  7. That first shot is one epic memorial! Wow! Thanks for the tour.

  8. ...this is a fabulous memorial.

  9. happy Monday. have a great one. great shots. ( ;

  10. Fine memorials. Thank you for sharing them in your pictures. :-)

  11. @Catarina: it is indeed.

    @Iris: it'll take years.

    @Maywyn: it is.

    @Nancy: I agree.

    @Jan: quite true.

    @Francisco: thanks.

    @Ella: definitely.

    @Janis: good!

    @Gemel: you're welcome.

    @Tom: it is indeed.

    @Beth: thank you.

    @DJan: you're welcome.

  12. You can see the look of fall all around the memorial.

  13. This is a memorial that I would like to see.

  14. The season seems to fit the memorial, William.

  15. You guys do it right. I enjoy the experiences of Fall that you share, William

  16. I never see that memorial now without thinking of Corporal Nathan Cirillo who was murdered there.

  17. That is such an impressive memorial, great photographs within your post William.

    All the best Jan

  18. You've had some nice weather to tackle such a sad subject.

  19. The war memorial is very impressive. Great photos William!

  20. It is depressing how many wars we have to keep remembering.

  21. @Sharon: you can!

    @Red: I often come here.

    @Agnes: thank you.

    @Marleen: that it is.

    @RedPat: that's true.

    @Cloudia: thank you.

    @Marie: there's a plaque commemorating him on the east perimeter of the memorial. I'll have to photograph it on Remembrance Day.

    1. Great. Thanks. He paid the supreme sacrifice too.

  22. @Lois: thank you.

    @Bill: that it is.

    @Jan: thank you!

    @Jennifer: true.

    @Joanne: nicer than today.

    @Denise: thanks!

    @Rosie: that it is.

    @David: quite true.

  23. That memorial is incredibly impressive. And massive.

  24. We should always remember what a war is!