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Fort Henry

A few years back, we went to Scotland. We stayed in Edinburgh a couple of days, and during that time, we went to the Royal Mile. Within the castle grounds, they were setting up for the Tattoo. We didn’t get to see it. There is also a Tattoo at Fort Henry in Kingston, a short 1.5 hour drive from Ottawa. While looking up when that was, we came across a Sunset Ceremony. It involved pipes and drums, army maneuvers (circa 1867) and fireworks.

We made a plan to go and see it. It was pretty cool. We arrived at the fort with enough time to get a tour of it before the actual ceremony. If you haven’t been, it is a replica of the fort that was originally built in the 1812 era to defend against the United States invasion – the only time Canada and the U.S. have been at odds.

The fort fell into disrepair after the war, and in later years was rebuilt and abandoned again. The fort was gain rebuilt in the 1930s as a museum piece, and that is what is there today. The really cool thing, is that it includes regular army reenactments from maneuvers, to punishments, and all the re-enactors are “on stage” when in public view. It’s like you are a silent observer of life 150 plus years ago.

But I digress. The sunset ceremony is pretty neat. It includes projection on the fort wall and audio. After our tour we found a spot in the bleachers and took in the ceremony. These photos are a few of the night.

All were shot with the Fuji X-T1 and the 16-55 f2.8 lens. The ISO was cranked to 1600, f2.8 and the shutter at 1/128.

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Sunset with the Union Flag flying over the Fort.

 

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Pipe and Drum band

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Maneuvers

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Maneuvers

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Full battle line with canons.

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Piper

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Fireworks to cap off the show.

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.