Monday, April 10, 2017

The Fallen Of A Battle

This is the second of two scheduled posts for today; click on the previous one if you haven't seen it yet and leave a comment there.

Yesterday morning at the National War Memorial there was a service commemorating the First World War Battle of Vimy Ridge, which began on April 9th, 2017, and lasted four days, marking a watershed in Canadian history. Remarks were made in English, French, and a First Nations language, and performances were given by choirs and First Nations musicians, one of whom played the violin, the other sang a mournful chant that resonated through Confederation Square. Prayers, laments, and the Last Post also featured in the service.


In my post dated for yesterday, I had a clip of Sierra Noble playing the Warriors Lament at the Vimy Memorial in 2007. She was present here in Ottawa yesterday, and I recorded her performance of the same melody, which you can view here. She can be seen in the below image, the young woman in the white dress and dark wrap.


Afterwards there was time to pay respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, who fell at Vimy Ridge. It was a service of commemoration, fitting both this memorial as well as the Vimy memorial in France- they were both designed not as a celebration of victory but as a commemoration for the fallen.

31 comments:

  1. Beautiful tribute. And the unknown soldier is known to someone, for sure. Nice to realize this. Great photos, William.

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  2. Beautiful tribute to those who have sacrifice their lives. Thanks for sharing the photos.

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  3. last week end many people in Vimy for the celebration of the battle in the first war

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  4. I like Linda's comment. So true.

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  5. What a special occasion. Glad you were there to capture it!

    Janis
    GDP

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  6. It is always good te remember, but the world is still going mad and won't listen.

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  7. gorgeous day, lots of sun for a moments of remembrance. ( :

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  8. ...unknown is a sad thing!

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  9. @Linda: whoever he is, he rests now in sacred ground.

    @Nancy: you're welcome.

    @Bergson: from the images I already saw, it was a big ceremony.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Revrunner: I agree.

    @Janis: I was glad to cover both services.

    @Marianne: that is true.

    @Beth: we couldn't have asked for better weather.

    @Tom: true. There are over eleven thousand names of Canadian soldiers of WWI whose resting places are unknown that are carved on the Vimy memorial.

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  10. Your country does a good job of honouring soldiers.

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  11. very special...looks like a nice turnout as well.

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  12. Such a beautiful tribute to those who give their lives.

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  13. How sad, for a war that didn't need to happen.

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  14. Fitting tributes and memories. The memories have to be kept alive.

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  15. @Kate: these two services were very poignant.

    @Tanya: there were quite a number of people out for the two services.

    @Sharon: it was.

    @Jennifer: the war to end all wars didn't accomplish that.

    @Red: I certainly agree.

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  16. Right to remember, William. Thanks for the nice pics

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  17. Hello, it is a lovely service and tribute. Thanks for sharing. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

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  18. Doubtless this was a very moving memorial and commemoration!

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  19. It's important to remember. Nice photos of the ceremony, William.

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  20. Whoa, on that really high one. Wow.

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  21. I watched most of the ceremony from Vimy on TV yesterday. It was done quite well.

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  22. Nice ceremony and tribute. It is very important to remember. Nice photo!

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  23. Canada has some wonderful tributes.

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  24. The lovely blue of the skies and the shadows create a wonderful atmosphere for this special moment.

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  25. @Cloudia: you're welcome.

    @Eileen: thank you!

    @Lowell: very much so.

    @Marleen: thank you.

    @Whisk: thanks!

    @RedPat: it was.

    @Bill: thanks!

    @Norma: we do.

    @Gemma: it was a very pleasant day.

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  26. I'm copying Linda's words because I agree with her 100%!

    "Beautiful tribute. And the unknown soldier is known to someone, for sure. Nice to realize this. Great photos, William."

    All the best Jan

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  27. Wonderful ceremony, great photos.

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  28. Sad to think there are so many unknown. I agree with Marianne. the world is getting scarier every day.

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  29. Great tribute. It's important to remember about past...

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  30. Thanks for posting this William. Very moving, and also interesting. Mostly sad though...

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