The Canadian Firefighters Memorial is a monument located at Lebreton Flats, west of the downtown core, near the War Museum. It is meant as a national memorial (the city has an Ottawa memorial for firefighters at City Hall), and it is home to a national service of remembrance each September. It consists of a large firefighter statue and pole on one side of the property, and a wall of names on the other. Landscaping around the grounds is deliberate- with trees that turn red in the fall, and are often the first to grow back after a fire.
Thursday, March 30, 2023
The Memorial To Fallen Firefighters
The firefighters prayer is engraved here.
The names are organized by province and territory, from west to east, each separated from each other by enough space to differentiate. Whether they have died directly in the line of duty or of diseases related to the job, their names are here. Each year, more names are added.
The view here includes the headquarters of Library and Archives Canada off in the distance, and just a glimpse of one of the towers on Parliament Hill.
I have attended some of the services of remembrance here, as some of you may remember. It was here that I first met the blogger known as Furry Gnome- his son William Hilts was a water bomber pilot who died in the line of duty fighting a forest fire several years ago. He was based out of BC at the time, and his name is seen here at lower left.
The statue, a large one, is informally known as the Big Guy.