After the services on Remembrance Day, I headed out to the Canadian War Museum. A flock of Canada geese were on this field between myself and the museum, no doubt on a break from points further north, heading south. As usual, at least one of them had an eye on me.
The Museum moved out to Lebreton Flats, west of the core, back in 2005 after outgrowing its previous quarters. The design evokes an airplane or a bunker, entirely appropriate for its subject matter, and is designed with a couple of pivotal axis points. The one is that large spike protruding out from its roof- it points towards Parliament Hill, and a view from inside gives a glimpse of the Peace Tower.
The other key axis point is inside. The Memorial Chamber contains one artifact. The original gravestone of the soldier who now resides in the Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier is here, taken from the Vimy Ridge area where that soldier fell in battle. It is a repository for poppies on Remembrance Day, and the architect precisely designed this room with a skylight so that at eleven AM on Remembrance Day, sun will shine through the skylight and illuminate this tombstone. Of course you have to have a sunny day for that.
A look back takes in the skylight, as well as the reflecting pool at the base of the room.
Someone had attached this to the base of the stone.
This is the corridor leading out of the Chamber.
At present, out in the Museum lobby area, there are a series of panels about D-Day and the Normandy campaign. I have more of this tomorrow.