Thursday, November 14, 2019

On The March

Remembrance Day on Monday was cold and overcast. There would be snow by mid afternoon. I attended the national service, taking up a position northwest of the War Memorial. Pipes and drums of the Canadian military led the way before the service for the veterans.

The veterans themselves followed.

This view, looking down Elgin, shows some of the crowds packed on that side of the street. I was positioned on a traffic island on Wellington

Looking back from where I was standing, a screen had been set up beside East Block. The area immediately around it has been largely cordoned off due to the work going on at this portion of Parliament Hill, otherwise you would typically see people on the slope on Remembrance Day.

The service is done in English and in French, with the inclusion of a First Nations language as well. Military chaplains offer up prayers and benedictions, military music is played, including the Last Post, and wreaths are laid at the War Memorial.

Afterwards the march out commences, with the pipers and drummers leading the way. The march past goes up this way past the reviewing stand, where the governor general is positioned.

The veterans follow them.

And then there are the active military units and cadets, who arrived on site from the south before the service. The Ceremonial Guard are among them, in their grey winter coats.

Members of the Royal Canadian Air Force followed.

And then the Army.

And the Navy.

More units march past.

The march past includes the Mounties. Tomorrow I return to the Memorial for an evening visit.


  1. Loved all the different uniform, might have been a tad chilly for the kilt wearers though! Great photos William.

  2. All different uniforms make the parade so beautiful!
    Very nice photos William.

  3. A tribute for sure. Pipes and drums, my friend T would love that!

  4. So many people in the parade and quite a crowd watching despite the cold weather.

  5. Muito interessante, gostei de ver e aproveito para desejar a continuação de uma boa semana.

    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
    O prazer dos livros

  6. Somehow, it seems appropriate for remembrance day to be cold and overcast. It looks like you covered a lot of territory.


  7. Nice tribute. It's been ages since I saw photos of the Canadian Mounties.

  8. I feel cold just looking at the pictures.

  9. I watched the ceremony on tv. Burrr...but so well done!

  10. very cool ... but looks like a cold day!! love the red. ( ;

  11. Wonderful parade and tribute! Wishing you a happy day!

  12. @Gemel: chilly indeed for them.

    @Ella: thank you.

    @Iris: I like the pipes and drums.

    @Lady Fi: definitely.

    @John: people do come out for this. They do tend to concentrate particularly around the southern portions of the memorial.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Jan: that it was.

    @Marianne: very much so.

    @Janis: I did indeed.

    @Sami: we see Mounties here a lot, but in their utility uniforms as opposed to the red serge most people think of.

    @Tom: that it was.

    @Anvilcloud: tomorrow will be even more so.

    @Marie: it was quite something. The chaplain who gives the benediction has been doing it most years for the last few years. He's a local rabbi aside from being a military chaplain- retired mostly, as I understand it- and quite eloquent.

    @Beth: the red serge stands out.

    @Eileen: thank you!

    @Maywyn: definitely.

  13. Lovely shots. I had a doctor's appointment, so we taped the ceremony and watched in the afternoon.

  14. Nice Remembrance Day parade. Thanks for all the great pictures. :-)

  15. Now that's a parade (and ceremony) to be proud of! But to be expected in the capitol...and very nicely captured. You got a good spot to see it all go by. Was there any music? Keeping marching is easier if there's a beat of drums somewhere.

  16. You had a n excellent viewing location, William!

  17. I'm so impressed by how well attended this event is. That is wonderful.

  18. Very colorful and active. We need to be reminded of the sacrifices of the past.

  19. @Jennifer: thank you.

    @DJan: you're welcome.

    @Barbara: music was throughout.

    @RedPat: it's my usual spot, I've found.

    @Sharon: it is well attended each year.

    @Red: we do, yes.

  20. An Amazing Television Screen There - Glad To See You Attending These Every Year


  21. Nice photos of the event, William.

  22. Wonderful photos of the event, I like all the different uniforms.

  23. An impressive Remembrance Day ceremony.

  24. Pipes and drums! My hubby is a bagpiper. :) That looks like a good group.

  25. Fabulous shots of the parade William, an excellent turnout! Everyone in the parade look so smart ✨

  26. wow! Quite impressive and regal honoring ~ great photos ^_^

    Happy Day to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  27. @Padre: it is something I've committed myself to doing.

    @Marleen: thank you!

    @Bill: as did I.

    @Alexandria: it is.

    @Lois: very much so.

    @Sandi: they play well.

    @Grace: it is quite an occasion.

    @Carol: thank you!

  28. To watch them all march out must be heart bursting.

  29. Wonderful photographs of the event William, lovely post.

    All the best Jan

  30. Wonderful photos of the parade:)