Today is Remembrance Day here in Canada, the date of the end of the First World War. It's going to be an odd one, with Covid-19 meaning that the national service is scaled down and invite only, without the elderly veterans taking part, but understandable under the current circumstances. Late in the month I'll be taking you on a visit to the Canadian War Museum.
For the occasion, I decided to focus today on a single monument. Back in early April I was heading to the Rideau Falls, near this location, and came across a monument I've shown you before: the Defence Of Hong Kong Monument. Canadian soldiers in the Royal Rifles of Canada and the Winnipeg Grenadiers were stationed in Hong Kong during World War Two, along with support personnel. When Japanese forces struck at Pearl Harbor, they did the same elsewhere in the Pacific, including at Hong Kong, where Canadian soldiers fought in a bloody battle before being taken prisoners of war. All who served there, including support personnel, have their names inscribed on this monument. Those who died in battle or as POWs have a small cross or double armed cross inscribed with their names.
Reflected in these two shots is the building housing the National Research Council labs, across the street from this monument.