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"Air Force Memorial" Ottawa Things to Do Tip by mikey_e

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  Monument to the Air Force
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  • Monument to the Air Force - Ottawa
      Monument to the Air Force
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  • The names of the fallen - Ottawa
      The names of the fallen
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  • Symbolism against the Ottawa River - Ottawa
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Throughout the Second World War, pilots from the various Allied nations required a safe region in which to learn and practice the proper techniques of air combat. Canada provided such a safe region, where fighter pilots from all over the Commonwealth came to learn how to engage and neutralize the enemy, whether in Europe or in the Pacific. Many pilots lost their lives, whether in training accidents or in actual combat, and this monument helps to immortalize the nation's gratitude for their service. The names of those who served and fell are engraved, as is a plaque for those unknown pilots lost in service. The monument itself is quite impressive, despite the fact that it does not have the same sort of placement or engraving as the War Memorial near Parliament. The globe and eagle provide a clear enough symbol, and, on a bright summer or fall day, the contrast of the Ottawa River and serene flora create the perfect environment for reflection.

Address: Sussex Drive
Directions: Beside the National Research Council and across from the Department of Foreign Affairs.

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  • Written Dec 27, 2009
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