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.