Ottawa, 15 August 2014 – Corporal Benjamin Gancz and Private Brigitte O’Driscoll from the RMR have the honour of standing guard for Canada’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa this month. The Tomb is located on the upper plaza of the National War Memorial, in Confederation Square, at the corner of Elgin Street on Confederation Boulevard, in Ottawa, Ontario. If you are in Ottawa, please stop by and visit with them.
In May 2000, the remains of an unidentified Canadian soldier who died in the First World War were repatriated from France and, with great ceremony, were buried in a special tomb in front of the National War Memorial in Ottawa.
This project began several years ago at the instigation of The Royal Canadian Legion, who developed the idea as a Millennium project, and it was taken up by the Canadian Government under the lead of Veterans Affairs Canada.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was created to honour the more than 116,000 Canadians who sacrificed their lives in the cause of peace and freedom. Furthermore, the Unknown Soldier represents all Canadians, whether they be navy, army, air force or merchant marine, who died or may die for their country in all conflicts – past, present, and future.
Veterans Affairs has prepared an excellent Frequently Asked Questions with regards to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.