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"The Response, National War Memorial." Top 5 Page for this destination Parliament Hill - Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Tip by Regina1965

  Confederation square.
by Regina1965
  • Confederation square. - Ottawa
      Confederation square.
    by Regina1965
  • - Ottawa
  • - Ottawa
  • The tomb of the unknown soldier. - Ottawa
      The tomb of the unknown soldier.
    by Regina1965
  • - Ottawa

The National War Memorial on Confederation Square is the federal memorial for all those who died in WW1, WW2 and the Korean war. The Response was unveiled in 1939. 22 figures are on the monument, they move through the arch - from war and into peace. The winged angel on top of the monument represents peace and liberty.

In front of the National War Memorial is the Tomb of the Unknown soldier which was added to the Memorial in 2000. It represents 28.000 Canadian soldiers who never returned home and were never given a formal grave. An unknown Canadian soldier, who was killed in WW1, was exhumed from a cemetary in France and given a grave at the National War Memorial.

On this square people gather around on Remembrance Day, November 11. Veterans march and wreaths are put here and there is 2 minutes of silence in respect for those who didn´t return back home.

It is quite an impressive square and I hope that people treat it with respect. I saw a sign by the tomb to ask people to treat it with respect, but there should be no need for a sign like that, but I guess some people forget the meaning behind it and have not treated it with respect, maybe. Now I was reading up on this and it appears that a group of men urinated on the tomb on Canada day :(

Directions: On the corner of Wellington and Elgin. Opposite the East Block of the Parliament buildings.

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  • Updated Nov 6, 2012
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