The War Memorial in Confederation Square on June 6th, 2011 in remembrance for the anniversary of D-Day. With the Peace Tower standing tall in the background and the Canadian Flag appears to hang low as if in remembrance, it is a fitting backdrop to the National War Memorial as the Peace Tower holds the Book of Remembrance for our fallen soldiers. The 23 bronze figures found on the War Memorial represent the eleven branches of the Canadian forces engaged in the First World War emerge through the arch from war to peace.
The Peace Tower (in the background with the Canadian flag)was built not only to stand as an architectural feature and landmark, but also to function as a memorial. It houses the Memorial Chamber and the stone walls were originally to have been inscribed with the names of all Canada’s servicemen and women who had died during the First World War but, without enough space for all 66,000 names, it was later decided to place Books of Remembrance there instead; these books list all Canadian soldiers, airmen, and seamen who died in service of the Crown — whether that of Britain (before 1931) or that of Canada (after 1931) — or allied countries in foreign wars, including the Nile Expedition and Boer War, the First World War, the Second World War, and the Korean War. The displays were later modified to represent a broader overview of Canadian armed conflict, both foreign and domestic, since Confederation in 1867. I have been in the Peace Tower and if you have had a family member who had died in service you can request a photo copy of the page they are listed on in the Book of Remembrance (from wikipedia).
The National War Memorial (also known as The Response), originally built to commemorate the First World War, in 1982 it was rededicated to include the Second World War and the Korean War. In 2000, the Canadian Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was added to the memorial site and symbolizes the sacrifice made by every Canadian who has died or may yet die for their country.
The National War Memorial is the site of the nationally televised Remembrance Day ceremony every year on 11 November. Along with Canadian war veterans, the ceremony is attended by the Governor General, his or her Prime Minister, and other important members of the government and other groups and organizations. The ceremony includes the placing of wreaths by representatives of various groups, such as veterans, the House of Commons, and the youth of Canada (from wikipedia), Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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