A moment to reflect

On this day, 70 years ago, D-Day took place. Its hard to believe its been that long, when so many relics of that time are still in service in one way or another through various museums, role playing clubs and movies. A perfect example is the collection at the Warplane Heritage Museumand their Lancaster, which this summer is heading to England to fly with the only other flying Lanc. That will be a sight to see.

Cenotaph in the Military Cemetery, Ottawa

Cenotaph in the Military Cemetery, Ottawa

A few weeks ago, I finally managed to get to the military cemetery here in Ottawa. There are two areas, a newer area with veterans and service people who have recently come to rest, and an older area with some more dated ¬†headstones. The centre of the military portion as shown here had a path leading to it, and graves circling it. Looking at the headstones was humbled by the inscriptions. Many closest to the cenotaph were from soldiers in the CEF. That’s the Canadian Expeditionary Force – the original soldiers to go and fight in the Great War.

Included nearby were those who fought in the Second World War, and knowing this anniversary was coming up, wondered how many were on the beaches that day.