National War Memorial
National War Memorial
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PookyCake
Victoria, Canada13,892 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Located in Confederation Square, and unveiled in 1939 by King George VI, this beautiful monument made of bronze and granite was originally built to honour all those soldiers who lost their lives during the so-called Great War (World War I); however, with the passage of time, Canada’s National War Memorial – also called “The Response” – has come to symbolize and honour ALL Canadians who’ve served in conflicts since 1939 and, indeed, those who will serve in times of war in the years to come. In this regard, the National War Memorial is “timeless.” This timelessness forms the essence of the annual Remembrance Day celebrations, which are held each year on November 11: The Royal Canadian Legion, RCMP, Governor General, Prime Minister, Service Women and Men, and the public come together to pay their respects to those who’ve fallen in past and current wars.

As I mentioned in my earlier review of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, I’m usually not big on war memorials, but this one just gets to me. It is, ironically, a solemn spot in the middle of bustling Ottawa for remembrance and reflection; and this is all beautifully captured by the National War Memorial, inclusive of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

When visiting Ottawa, make sure to patronize this site. It is at once beautiful, sad and powerful.
Written 20 November 2023
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Sailorsgirl
Springfield, MO5,816 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We have visited the Vimy Ridge Canadian Memorial to the Missing in France on several occasions. It is magnificent. So, we wanted to visit the National Canadian War Memorial in Ottawa to see how they compared. The one in Ottawa is beautiful on a much smaller scale. It is the site of the national Remembrance Day Ceremony on November 11 each year. It is located on the upper plaza of the National War Memorial in Confederation Square at the corner of Elgin Street on Confederation Boulevard.

There is no parking near it except possibly at the Westin Hotel across the way from the Memorial. Traffic in downtown Ottawa is a nightmare, but Canadians are so friendly and courteous, we managed well enough. The Memorial was unveiled in 1939 to honor the sacrifices of Canadians who served in WWI. It eventually came to honor all Canadians who served and continue to serve in time of war. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier lies in front of the memorial. The tomb contains the remains of an unknown Canadian soldier from a war cemetery near Vimy Ridge, France. It is very moving and emotional to visit. Don't miss it.
Written 12 October 2023
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia45,606 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Canada's National War Memorial pays tribute to all those who died in war. The memorial forms an arch and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is placed in front of it. There are several sculptures around the Memorial Arch. The Memorial is central to the significance of Confederation Square. It is a place worth visiting.
Written 12 October 2023
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Mark H
Fond du Lac, WI3,007 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
After walking Sparks from he Marriott we ended up at Canada's National War Memorial near Parliament Hill.

We sat down about 5 p.m, which happened to be the time when the sentries end their duty for the for day.

One of blue polo shirt uniformed tourist ambassadors face us a head sup on what was was going to take place and little but of history about the monument.

The ceremony lasted less than 10 minutes and featured a bagpiper.

It's worth a stop.
Written 23 July 2023
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helpless1
turkey166 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
This is a very good memorial with sentries on duty during the day from spring to autumn, there is a changing of the guard , if you are any where near then it’s worth spending the time to watch and at 5pm you will see and hear the piper during the short ceremony.
Written 13 June 2023
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PJD65
1,180 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
I had no plans to go here but after a week of meetings, my Ottawa stroll led me here. I have to say that I was very lucky that my walk took me this way as it is an excellent place to visit.
The staff are all friendly, the history is rich, varied, balanced and relevant and we were lucky to spend time with Stewart, a veteran with a library of great stories.
The museum is educational and emotional and as a veteran, it underlines the sacrifices that brave men and ladies have made over the centuries and continue to do so. Makes me very humble.
Written 8 March 2023
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Joel I
Silver Spring, MD94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
It's a stark reminder of national sacrifice, and a solemn spot for reflection and remembrance. Probably not for small children. It's worth noting that the plaques on the square around the memorial haven't been updated to mention Canadian servicemembers who fell in Afghanistan.
Written 21 October 2022
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Charlie S
Fife, UK73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Impressed by the dedication shown by veteran forces to show their respect to those lost. On duty every day and piped out at the end of their day Memorial is brilliant and very worthy of your time to pay your respects.
Written 21 October 2022
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LegoDad77
Alert, Canada1,403 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
This is a must see for all Canadians.

Although there is no parking, you can park at city all which has very reasonable rates. There is street parking, but it is pricey.

The monument itself is dedicated to the sacrifice of several generations, standing there will certainly leave you on awe.

My advice is to give yourself plenty of time to taken it all in.
Written 17 October 2022
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Rose
Devon, UK233 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
A must visit when you are in Ottawa. You can watch the changing of the guard every hour. It's very close to the pick up point of tourist bus tours.
Written 5 October 2022
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