Reconciliation is the title of a large monument lying at a crossroads downtown, with the Byward Market, Major's Hill Park, Notre Dame, and the National Gallery as neighbours. It honours and commemorates Canadian peacekeepers, both living and dead, who have participated in international peacekeeping missions. Dedicated in 1992, it features a movement from the debris of war into the stability of peace in its design, with two men and one woman positioned at the top on two stone ridges.
Peacekeeping soldiers dates back to Lester Pearson, who was foreign minister at the time of the Suez Crisis and proposed the idea of neutral soldiers being used to keep the peace in hostile regions. Pearson would later be Canada's Prime Minister, and would win the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts. Canadian soldiers have served in multiple peacekeeping missions ever since.
Here broken walls represent the chaos of war.
Leading to the restoration of peace.
Inscribed onto one wall are various peacekeeping missions over the decades that have involved Canadian personnel.
One last look from the north.