Anyone is welcome to post Veterans Day photos here, Pete.
I only took a few this year, and haven't gotten anything developed yet - so here's a couple from last year.
The tomb of the unknown soldier at the cenotaph in downtown Ottawa. After the ceremony everyone's invited to place their poppy on the tomb. This was my first try with Kodak Ektar. I don't know if it's just the scan - but that's pretty saturated color - and even a bit of a blue cast.
Coincidentally there was a fundraising sale of used books at work just days before Remembrance Day - and I happened to pick up a copy of <a href="http://springhs.rockyview.ab.ca/Members/dfraser/social-20-1/related-issue-2/world-war-i/Valour%20Remembered%20-%20Cdn%20in%20WWI.pdf/view
">Valour Remembered - Canada and the First World War</a> a publication of Veterans Affairs from 1982. I knew too little about WWI. So when Philip mentioned his visit to Beaumont Hamel I recognized the name and the book's entry regarding the Newfoundland Regiment (later named the Royal Newfoundland Regiment) - part of the 29th British Division. The book reads in part: "Of the 801 men who went into battle only sixty-eight unwounded men answered roll call the next day
". A somber read.
The cenotaph. From the above publication: "The twenty-three figures in its archway represent all arms of the service".
And a technical note; Ektar's pretty nice! Here's a bit from a higher-res scan. For me and my equipment, this is pretty sharp (considering that I don't believe that I was focused on the numbers).
This year they had something that I'd never seen before - a formation flypast of helicopters. Seven Griffon (Bell CH-146) helicopters in a V formation - with one breaking off to give the Missing Man formation. Helicopters flying in formation just feels odd - because I'm used to formations of aircraft flying by QUICKLY. The helicopters do it in slo-mo. There were also two CF-18's, a P51 Mustang, and a Corsair. Unfortunately I didn't get any shots of them.