Before presenting Highway of Heroes at the Canadian War Museum on Remembrance Day, I had the chance to visit some of the exhibits.
Only those lucky few with tickets were allowed into Memorial Hall for the magic moment at 11 o’clock on November 11th, when the sun shines through a window onto the headstone of the Unknown Soldier. I wasn’t one of them, but program planner Lynda Fish ushered me in shortly beforehand and I was able to capture this “shortly-before” shot. The 11 o’clock moment is shown on the Museum’s website.
Because Highway of Heroes is a tribute to Canada’s fallen soldiers and the Canadians who line the bridges over the highway to honour them on their return home, I was also interested in The Royal Canadian Legion Hall of Honour which explores Canada’s long and rich history of honouring and remembrance. There are so many ways to honour our heroes!
Page 28 of Highway of Heroes refers to a slideshow and a song that, more recently than the artifacts in the Museum, honour our fallen and the Canadians who support them and their families along the route they travel. Pete Fisher’s slideshow and Bob Reid’s song framed my presentation, and can be watched and listened to here.