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The National War Memorial is located on Confederation Square just down from the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa. It faces mostly to the south and a bit east. This view is from the north. It does have a title "The Response", depicting Canada's (and the Empire's) response to Britain's declaration of war on Germany, August 4, 1914.

February 3, 1910, the then Canadian Prime Minister, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, made a statement in Parliament, only part of which I quote. "If England is at war we are at war and liable to attack."

The Memorial was unveiled at 11:00 hours on May 21, 1939 by their Majesties, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, during their coast-to-coast visit to Canada. They travelled by train and visited the United States, including a call on the American President. On returning to Canada, and on June 12 of 1939, their train brought them to Magog, Quebec - my home town. Dad and Mom brought my younger sister and me to the very crowded railway station near the Magog River to see them - when they emerged on the balcony at the rear of the caboose. I have never forgotten, and I was 4 years of age at the time.

September 1, 1939 (and my 5th birthday), Germany invaded Poland. World War II was underway.

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  • Copyright: Ken Boulter (Sardonik) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 500] (1547)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2012-08-14
  • Categories: Artwork
  • Exposure: f/3.4, 1/60 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-08-06 4:25
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