This is a little late for Canadian Remembrance Day (November 11), but there’s no wrong time to give thanks and pay tribute to those who did and do sacrifice, so that we may enjoy the many freedoms we are fortunate to have.
Although there are ceremonies at cenotaphs and memorials across the country, it is special to witness the Remembrance Day ceremony in person at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. I attended one of these ceremonies a few years ago and it was a moving experience, one I will not soon forget. I decided to live stream the ceremony this year as I’m not a big crowd person. However, I did walk down to the War Memorial later that afternoon to pay my respects.
For my 90-year old grandpa, a Korean War Vet.
I hope the spirit of what I intend to convey with this post is obvious. I detest conflict in any way, shape and form, from my day-to-day dealings to global-scale conflict. Regardless of this, I cannot change the past and would do a disservice to those who have sacrificed to ignore their contribution. It really is a moving experience to witness Remembrance Day in the nation’s capital. I have tried to capture some of that, from big picture overview to some of the smaller details, not to sensationalize, but to give those who cannot make the trip to Ottawa a sense of what it is like.
I can only hope that once and for all, we will learn from the mistakes of the past so that so that the millions of sacrifices were not in vain, and that we can finally live in tolerance and peace. It’s a lot to hope for, but what else can I do but to put my faith in humanity?
All images by me; copyright Tina Beynen, 2017.