"They went with songs to the battle, they were young
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them."
~ Laurence Binyon, For The Fallen
Today is Remembrance Day in Canada. November 11th, 1918 marked the end of the First World War in Europe, and the date remains a day of commemoration here and in other parts of the world, even with other names, for the fallen of war. These shots are from Guelph, taken in July at Woodlawn Cemetery. A section of the cemetery is designated a military cemetery, with the stones in the traditional Commonwealth War Graves style that dates back to the Great War.
Guelph is where my father lives, and when I visited this summer I took photographs that I decided I'd hold onto for this date. This is the main war memorial in the city's core.
During my time there, I paid a visit to the Guelph Civic Museum, where among the items of local history was this hockey jersey for the Guelph Storm. On it is inscribed the poem In Flanders Fields. The author, John McCrae, was born in Guelph and grew up here. As a doctor, officer, and soldier, he went to the battlegrounds of Europe when the Great War broke out. He never came home, dying of pneumonia in France, where he is buried.
McCrae House is where he was born. The house has been turned into a museum in its own right, and it seems this is a place of pilgrimage for locals on November 11th. Here we have a view of the outside gardens with a memorial.
The interior features displays, artifacts, and panels on McCrae, his life, and times.
Back outside, here are two more views.
For my last shot today, a more recent shot of the War Memorial here in Ottawa, in silhouette. I will be down here today for the national services, and planning on visiting the War Museum afterwards.