Friday, November 12, 2021

Commemorating The Fallen

 Yesterday I attended the national service at the War Memorial downtown. I took a spot to the west of the Memorial beforehand. There were still some changes due to Covid, with less active service units in the parade, and a different configuration for the march-out parade. And many organizations and embassies had already placed wreaths at the Memorial.

Looking up the street, I took this shot of East Block on Parliament Hill. Screens set up in various places show the ceremony as it unfolds.

The march out went in a different manner than is usually the custom in which they come up this way.

Afterwards I went east along Wellington Street past the Memorial to bide some time before returning.

Coming back, the skies were clouding over and people were around the Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Here we have some of the wreaths.

When the Tomb was installed here, it started spontaneously and has become a tradition: the placing of poppies on the Tomb itself. 

Two of the official wreaths placed during the ceremony: one by the Governor-General.

And one by the Silver Cross Mother, Josee Simard, whose daughter Karine Blais was killed while on duty in Afghanistan.

One more view from the Memorial; a very moving service as always.

Just down the street lies Confederation Park, home to several military monuments. The National Aboriginal Veterans Monument pays tribute to the veterans of Indigenous peoples across the country. Wreaths are traditionally placed at its base before the main ceremony.


  1. And every year Ingo says I am shocked by how they celebrate carnival on this day.

  2. A lovely tribute Wiliam, the wreaths in the last photo are beautiful.

  3. Hello,
    It is a beautiful tribute, the wreaths are lovely.
    Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

  4. It seems especially poignant to think that our young people were killed in Afghanistan. For what? To hand the country back to the Taliban, with a string ISIS presence, and to abandon many of the people who helped us.

  5. @Iris: generally speaking this is a solemn day.

    @Italiafinlandia: indeed.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Gemel: I think so too.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @David: I find it very troubling. The people of Afghanistan deserve better than to have that gang of 5th century fanatics back in charge.

  6. I especially like the laying of those poppies on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

  7. ...a wonderful remembrance and the wreaths are lovely.

  8. Gran conmemoración...que descansen en paz.

  9. I like the 2nd pic with the sunlight on the building. Lovely remembrance and tribute with the laying of wreaths.

  10. @Jan: it is moving.

    @Tom: I think so.

    @Ventana: thanks.

    @Nancy: it was right for the occasion.

    @Marie: this ceremony is important.

    @Magiceye: I agree.

  11. This ceremony is important, I think. Thanks for sharing photos about it.

  12. There was excellent coverage of the ceremony on TV.

  13. Beautiful ceremony. I'm glad you went to photograph it.

  14. A moving tribute on a day we should never forget.

  15. Still a great ceremony even if covid limits it.

  16. Wonderful tribute to the 'fallen' and lovely photos ^_^

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  17. A beautiful tribute to the fallen.

  18. Marvelous post, beautifully captured! I always enjoy the views around your city at the best of times, but this one is very special today. Thanks so much for sharing!

  19. Very pretty important wreaths. Lest we forget.

  20. @Aritha: it is.

    @RedPat: there always is.

    @Sharon: so am I.

    @fun60: I think so.

    @Red: next year should be better.

    @Carol: that it was.

    @Bill: thank you.

    @Denise: you're welcome.

    @Amy: definitely.

  21. William - we should never forget. It is so fitting that people and organizations continue to make this a priority. While we were in the UK, we saw many poppy displays.

  22. Thank you for attending. We watched on TV. It is the best we can do.

    1. I am able to attend, so I do. I can say that had what happened to me last night happened the night before Remembrance Day, it would have been impossible.

  23. I love the tradition of the poppies. I'm glad you could share this memorial and ceremony with us.