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National War Memorial, Ottawa

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Visit National War Memorial, a cenotaph built to remember the sacrifice of Canadian men and women who have fought in times of war, who are fighting now, and who will fight in the future. Depicting uniformed figures passing under a granite arch, the memorial seeks not to glorify war, but to focus on the dutiful response from members of the Canadian armed forces. Officially unveiled in 1939, it was initially dedicated to those who took part in the First World War. The dedications have grown over time to include subsequent wars, with the memorial becoming a timeless symbol of honor, duty, and memory. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Ottawa holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the National War Memorial and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • August 14, 2017
    I've had the privilege to visit war memorials all over the world, Canadian and otherwise. I might be somewhat bias but Canada's national memorial has got to be one of the very best. Personally I can l...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    When visiting Ottawa, take a moment to visit this memorial, close your eyes and think of all those that have sacrificed their lives for you. A beautiful tribute to those who have fought for us Canadia...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    I find this Memorial to be so sad - so many lives lost standing on guard for Canada. I have been to Ottawa several times and have visited the Memorial each time. There is much more security now. They ...  more »
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  • June 18, 2017
    This is an amazing statue that pays tribute to Canadians who fought in various world wars. There is a changing of the guard during summer months. It is very close to the parliament buildings and has plenty of space for visitors to view up close.
  • July 3, 2017
    Clean and fun! A respected monument to those who served. Loved our experience during Canada Day.
  • June 13, 2017
    What a fantastic place. There is no way I could put in words what this place means to me so I will simply say how great it is Canada has a like this for people to visit and remember the sacrifices our great country has made.
  • April 23, 2017
    Beautifully modern building. A lovely memorial to those who have passed and still serve. Very moving individual stories. Brilliant chronological walk through Canadian military history. Loads of interactive displays. Very helpful staff.
  • June 24, 2017
    Beautiful structure... One of the must visit places in Ottawa... Surrounded by various restaurants and bars... Makes you feel patriotic

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