Remembrance Day 2014

Aside from one year when I was out of the country, I haven't missed a Remembrance Day ceremony in over a decade. In that time I've attended ceremonies in Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa. Ottawa is the always the biggest, as you would expect, but even in the short time I've lived in Ottawa I've seen the crowds grow. In my lifetime I've seen the veterans go from being several generations older than myself to members of my own generation and younger. The men and women who serve do something I was unwilling to do (I would be a very, very bad soldier) and I deeply respect the work they do and the sacrifices they and their families make. I go because I believe it's important to recognize the past. Those who do not are doomed to repeat it. Lest we forget. 

Military March Remembrance Day 2014 National War Memorial Ottawa

Military March Remembrance Day 2014 National War Memorial Ottawa

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and wife Laureen holding hands Remembrance Day 2014 National War Memorial Ottawa

Governor-General David Johnson and Her Royal Highness The Princess Anne, Princess Royal saluting Canadian veterans, Remembrance Day 2014 National War Memorial Ottawa

Canadian veterans receiving vice-royal salute, Remembrance Day 2014 National War Memorial, Ottawa

Governor-General David Johnson and Her Royal Highness The Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Remembrance Day 2014 National War Memorial Ottawa


Military March Remembrance Day 2014 National War Memorial Ottawa

Military March Remembrance Day 2014 National War Memorial Ottawa

Wreaths left at the National War Memorial, Ottawa, Remembrance Day 2014

Tomb of the Unknown Solider National War Memorial, Ottawa, Remembrance Day 2014