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National War Memorial, Ottawa

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Monument · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Visit National War Memorial, a cenotaph built to remember the sacrifice of Canadian men and women who have fought in times of war, who are fighting now, and who will fight in the future. Depicting uniformed figures passing under a granite arch, the memorial seeks not to glorify war, but to focus on the dutiful response from members of the Canadian armed forces. Officially unveiled in 1939, it was initially dedicated to those who took part in the First World War. The dedications have grown over time to include subsequent wars, with the memorial becoming a timeless symbol of honor, duty, and memory. Plan your National War Memorial visit and explore what else you can see and do in Ottawa using our Ottawa trip itinerary maker tool.
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  • This monument is a beautiful way to commemorate those who sadly lost their lives while fighting for their country, it really is a sight to see and I would strongly reccomend taking some time to...  more »
  • A must see for all Canadians! We had planned to be there for the changing of the guard and lucky to be there on time. Reminds us of all the sacrifices that have been made.  more »
  • Very nice memorial. I found it impressive how the two guards were doing the movements at the same time. They're not allowed to move so another soldier came by and made them drink. It's sad to see that there's a war memorial, which means there was a war, but I guess that's our history. We can't do anything about it.
  • A beautiful sculptured memorial to our Veterans , located in downtown Ottawa. Stunning sculpture does great justice to our armed forces past and present. Well worth seeing. The changing of the the guard is very reminiscent to England

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