Tuesday, November 11, 2014

We Will Remember Them

Today we remember all those who lost their lives defending our country. The images in this post are of the National War Memorial in Ottawa, the scene of a recent tragedy.

The National War Memorial, unveiled in 1939 to commemorate the response of Canadians in the First World War, has, over the years, come to symbolize the sacrifice of all Canadians who have served Canada in time of war in the cause of peace and freedom. For that reason, the Memorial was rededicated to their honour. The dates 1939-1945 and 1950-1953 have been added in bronze numerals on each side of the memorial.

Today the Memorial was again rededicated: this time, to all those who lost their lives serving in the Boer War and in Afghanistan. Inscriptions have been added to the monument.



















From Hermione's Heart

14 comments:

Roz said...

Lovely post Hermoine and a wonderful tribute. The recent shooting outside the National War Memorial was such a terrible tragedy.

My deepest grattitude to those who have served and continue to serve in our allied forces and their families.

Hugs
Roz

Devlin O'Neill said...

Beautiful post, Hermione. Thanks for the pictures and for helping us remember. What happened at the memorial a couple of weeks ago was horrific, indeed, and you have my deepest condolences.

Dev

Leigh Smith said...

Thanks to all service people, friends, family everywhere. Thanks Hermione

A. Lurker said...

Beautiful post, Hermione. This Remembrance Day seems especially poignant due not only to the recent killings of Nathan Cirillo and Patrice Vincent but also to the fact that our country has now joined others fighting ISIS overseas. It feels like we are on a precipice.
Least we forget.
R.

A. Lurker said...

Hi Again,
Just an aside - Blogger seems to have come up with a new verification method. It generates pictures of numbers (probably addresses) for you to read. Much easier to decipher than those run-on letters.
R

ronnie said...

Lovely post Hermione.

Joining you in remembering all those who lost their lives defending their county and a thank you to all who serve now.

Love,
Ronnie
xx

Jon MontanaVega said...

It is indeed sad that if one said to the average teenager or millennial (?) "the eleventh day at the eleventh hour and the eleventh minute" mostly certainly they would say "huh" or "eh."

Only slightly better are the reactions to June 6th or December 7th. Or the Tet offensive, Dieppe or frozen Chosin.

I made a choice not to serve in Vietnam. A correct choice hindsight tells me. That does not mean now - and it did not mean then - that I disrespect those who served then, before or since. We must remember them. And honor them.

We must, but I doubt we will, remember too the mothers, wives and family members waiting at home. Some still wait.
Jon

sixofthebest said...

Thanks Hermione, I am a veteran having served in Uncle Sam's Army for two years as a draftee.

jimisim said...

A very appropriate post. The Canadians made very significant contributions in both WW1 and WW2.
have you seen the poppies at The Tower of London, they are absolutely beautiful, I saw them last week.
I would recommend all readers to look at the footage on the web.
jimi

Cat said...

Thank you Hermione for such a lovely tribute to all who have served and continue to serve. Joining you in giving thanks to all and their families for their sacrifices.

Hugs and Blessings...
Cat

Terpsichore said...

thank-you for sharing this lovely tribute to those who have served. Hugs

Christina said...

I watched the ceremony in Ottawa on CBC in the break room at work - it was beautiful. During the moment of silence, you could hear the distant traffic, it was so quiet.

ricky said...

Silence is indeed deafening at a time like this, in honour for the loss of all those who protect, and all those innocent others, who succumb to unwarranted violence.

Anonymous said...

Thanks to Canadian Troops who have stood shoulder to shoulder with our US Troops during many wars.
h_s