Friday, 7 November 2008

Transatlantic Vigil

Photo: Toronto Star
Commuters in Canada's largest city paused for a moment of reflection and remembrance. A high-tech electronic tribute to the 68,000 Canadians who died in the First World War is being projected onto public buildings including City Hall here in Toronto. The name of each of the fallen is projected onto a building in large font for eight seconds before fading into a list of smaller font names for twenty-five seconds. It will take more than 90 hours to project the names of each of the fallen.

This transatlantic vigil started in London with the H.M. the Queen in attendance. As darkness fell the Last Post was played by a lone bugler and the Queen paid tribute saying "Long may we remember the multitude of Canadians, and indeed all of those who laid down their lives to defend the lives of others."

This dusk to dawn tribute marks the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War and continues until Remembrance Day (also called Armistice Day) next Tuesday. The tribute spread westward from London to Halifax, Nova Scotia and Fredericton, New Brunswick then on to Ottawa, Toronto, Regina and Edmonton.

In London's Trafalgar Square there was absolute silence as the names of the war dead scrolled down very slowly and people paused to reflect and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.


Gingham and Flowers said...

Remembering the First World War is something we do a lot of in this house as with Simon being a history teacher, with a special interest in the First World War, we are surrounded by it most of the year. We will be going(for the third time this year) to Ieper in Flanders next weekend and will as usual be visiting a number of cemetarys and remembering. I think it is so important that such a big deal of rememberance is still made today as I worry that the younger generation will not realise the sacrifices that were made. Gosh I'm sounding like my Granny now! We visited the Canadian memorial in the Somme over the Summer and it was an incredibly special place.

Tracy said...

This is so beautiful...makes me want to cry! A very special post, Marie...thank you for sharing this! Wonderful to talk to you yesterday--what a treat, thanks for ringing! :o) Happy weekend ahead, my friend ((HUGS))

VintagePretty said...

It's nice to see it's being remembered everywhere. I've been wearing my poppy for a couple of weeks now, and I like that this event is always given such reverence, lest we should forget.

Thanks for your kind comments, and sorry I haven't stopped-by before. Wrists duly slapped, and reparations underway :)


Primrose Corner said...

It's brings a chill. My husband's father was from a large family and consequently there were many who were lost and he never got to meet. being the son of the youngest child. We went to an exhibition on Saturday and our children were horrified at some of the photographic evidence of the conditions, the equipment and just the sheer horror of it all.