A note to my readers: with the election results of this week having had deprived me of a sense of humour (I mean, what the hell, are you serious???), I'll be taking a few days away before I get back into things. And while I usually post here on Saturdays, instead I'm posting today, as it is Remembrance Day. I'm also doing a bit of a cross over with my photoblog, where I have shots taken on a different day and night of the two subjects below, so click on the Ottawa Daily Photo icon to the right to check out my post for today and see the other takes.
The National War Memorial is here in Ottawa, and is always the focal point of Canadian memorial services on the 11th of November. This past summer the Memorial underwent renovation and maintenance work which had it cordoned off. It re-opened early this month. It was officially unveiled by King George VI in 1939 as a memorial to the dead of the First World War, and commemorates the Canadian fallen of all wars. Officially titled The Response, it also features the Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier at its base. I took these shots last Saturday, when things were overcast.
There was something new on Parliament Hill this year. Large projectors shone falling poppies onto the stone of Centre Block in the evenings of the two weeks leading up to today. As well, one of the projectors, equipped with screens on two sides, showed photographs of servicemen (and women) from all the branches through Canadian history, rotating every few seconds. These shots I took this past Sunday evening.