Friday, November 11, 2022

Remembrance Day

 Today is Remembrance Day, the date of the end of the First World War and a traditional date to commemorate the fallen of wars, as well as pay homage to the veterans of those wars. In Ottawa, the National War Memorial occupies the heart of Confederation Square, surrounded by landmarks like Parliament Hill, the Chateau Laurier, the government conference centre, and the National Arts Centre. It was first dedicated in the months before the Second World War to commemorate the fallen of the Great War, and has been since rededicated to honour those of the Second World War, Korean War, South African War, Afghan War, and those who have served in the Canadian military. I took these first two shots early in October. 

Members of the military services take turns standing guard a good part of the year at the base of the Memorial, where the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier occupies the most sacred ground in the country. This soldier fell at the Battle of Vimy Ridge in the First World War.

Taken a few days later, looking towards the grounds of the Memorial. Today the national services will be held here.

And a few days later on a more gloomy day I took these.

My last shot, taken several days later, shows the progression of leaves changing and falling.


  1. Sad "we" never learn. Just look at Ukraine. But beautiful Autumn pics.

  2. 'Lest we forget'. Beautiful colours.

  3. Let's hope all fallen in wars can rest in peace.

  4. Their sacrifices bring the freedom til this day

  5. In Belgium, France and the UK it's also a holiday, the other European countries don't celebrate. Most of the people here don't even know why they have a day off ! The King will lay down a wreath and that's it. At least to my knowledge.

  6. Great memorial and tribute! God Bless our veterans! Take care, have a great day and happy weekend.

  7. ,,,ah, the war to end all wars!

  8. Beautiful trees. Stunning monument. I hope one day we have no need of war monuments.

  9. I sometimes think the ceremony around remembrance of war sets the stage for the next one.

  10. A day that no one will take notice of in my country, as we have been at peace for just over two hundred years.

  11. @Cloudia: you're welcome.

    @Iris: so it seems at times.

    @Nancy: that they are.

    @Fun60: a common phrase today.

    @italiafinlandia: well said.

    @Roentare: that's true.

    @Gattina: someday I would like to come to that part of Europe and see the Menin Gate.

    @Eileen: quite well said.

    @Maywyn: as it should be.

    @Tom: if only.

    @Sandi: I don't see that coming soon.

    @David: perhaps.

    @Stefan: peace would be welcome.

    @Mari: definitely.

  12. Thank you for this. Let us never forget.

  13. Always an important day to remember.

  14. Here in the US we call it Veterans Day. This is a great post for today.

  15. Dazzling colors and amazing photos for Remembrance Day ~ Xo

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  16. Beautiful Fall photos. Even the leaves have turned Poppy Red for Remembrance Day.