Ottawa - War Memorial

Ottawa has more than its fair share of public statuary and monuments. I've been waiting for the right weather to photograph the war memorial, and one misty evening in a late December thaw, that moment finally came.

The War Memorial was originally erected to commemorate a time when one in ten Canadians was in uniform, and one in ten combat troops never came home. There's a tension in the sculpture. While winged victories bestride the height of the monument, it's a saddened, grimly burdened lot that press through the narrow arch. Their numbers are too great. These, clearly, are the dead.

December, 2002


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