The path up to the last of the three galleries of the Canadian History Hall winds up a long ramp around the central hall. A physical map of the country is laid out on the floor.
A stamp of Canada in the heart of the British empire from the close of the 19th century is found here, greatly enlarged.
With an image of Queen Victoria in the background, a bust of Wilfred Laurier, the Liberal Prime Minister from 1896-1911 is placed.
As part of the British empire, Canada was automatically committed to war when the First World War broke out.
Haunted eyes: Canadian soldiers of the era look back at us through time.
A Lee-Enfeld rifle is displayed beside the uniform jacket of Sergeant Alexander Reid, a Canadian soldier decorated on multiple occasions for his actions and courage under fire.
I leave off today with a different kind of photograph of soldiers. These are Canadian troops in a celebratory mood, and for good reason. The photo was taken after their victory at the Battle of Vimy Ridge, where they did the impossible and defeated the Germans who had held onto that place against multiple previous attacks by Allied forces.
Nice note to end on. But world War One in particular was a meat grinder.ReplyDelete
Love the stamp.ReplyDelete
That´s a shocking photo with the soldiers.ReplyDelete
It is a wonderful museum. I love maps of any kind. It is good to see the soldiers in a happy mood, celebrating their victory. Have a happy weekend!
Thank goodness we are no longer committed to war by another country, although Super Hawk Harper would gladly have ceded that right to the US.ReplyDelete
So great to see the joy in the final photo. They lived through hell to get there though.ReplyDelete
@Cloudia: yes it was.ReplyDelete
@Italiafinlandia: me too.
@Iris: they'd seen a lot.
@Eileen: it certainly is.
@David: he would have.
@Anvilcloud: they did.
...and the wars never end.ReplyDelete
Thanks for ending with that celebratory photo. And good for them for prevailing.ReplyDelete
The jacket looks so fragile but it did a good job by the sound of it.ReplyDelete
Such an awful time.ReplyDelete
I never like war even though I have been in one. It is only the soldiers and their family that suffer the most.ReplyDelete
That map on the floor would be fun to examine.ReplyDelete
A happy day for those soldiers in the last photo.ReplyDelete
La última foto refleja la alegría de la finalización de una guerra, que trajo consigo demasiadas muertes.ReplyDelete
The title sounds bizarre to me. I don't think of you Canadians as very warlike, which is strange considering how close you are to us. Hm...um...maybe I shouldn't have said that, but we do a lot of warring,ReplyDelete
Those exuberant soldiers in the photo are beautiful.ReplyDelete
@Tom: so it seems.ReplyDelete
@DJan: it was an incredible moment in our history.
@Marie: I wonder what he would think of his jacket being in a museum.
@RedPat: that it was.
@Nancy: that is true.
@Sharon: I think so.
@Bill: it was.
@Sandi: when we've gone to war, we have fought well.
@Jan: I agree.
I love the last photo.ReplyDelete
War against nations must end. War against children. War against women and blacks.ReplyDelete
It seems it never will.Delete
I like spiraling ramps in galleries, a nice way to see art. Fun that the map is on the floor.ReplyDelete
It's also handy for wheelchairs.Delete
I'm just reading a book about a character in a POW camp. She was a pilot.ReplyDelete
What an experience.Delete
That's an interesting artistic stamp.ReplyDelete
Many thanks for sharinh the hstory of Canada. It is very interestingReplyDelete
Great history display and yes Victory is sweet ~ a bit bittersweet at times ~ someone has to lose ~ReplyDelete
Living in the moment,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)
That is the case.Delete
The Canadian role in WWI was really significant. What a wretched war. But then, all are.ReplyDelete