This morning I walked up to the National War Memorial with my camera in tow to be among the 35,000 young and old to honour and remember the Canadians who lost their lives fighting on behalf of their country in wars and military missions. With the layers of crowds I was unable to view the ceremony unfolding first hand, but the large screen televisions were helpful. This year our Governor General, David Johnston, was flanked at the memorial by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, this year’s Silver Cross Mother, Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr and other dignitaries. Prayers were heard, there was a 21-gun salute, and a flypast of two Canadian Forces CF-18 jets. I was fortunate to have have grabbed a photo of the two CF-18’s. Most of my photos today were taken after the ceremonies as the marchers passed by. When the dignitaries departed the crowds lingered around the National War Memorial, a fun spot for taking photographs and bumping into old friends or colleagues.
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