Remembrance Day at the National War Memorial

Each year thousands of Canadians gather at the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa for Remembrance Day. The Memorial, titled “The Response”, was designed by English sculptor Vernon March, who won the international competition for the commission in January 1926. The memorial’s sculptural program features bronze figures of Victory and Liberty on the top of the monument as twenty-two soldiers (each representing a branch of service in WWI) walk through the arch. When March passed away before the memorial was finished, his brothers and sisters helped to complete the work. The monument was dissassembled, shipped to Canada and reassembled in June 1937. It was unveiled by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1939. Today the War Memorial is an international symbol for the sacrifices of Canadians in war.