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The Ottawa Memorial (Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial)

Photo taken 2005, Ottawa, Canada.


The service will take place at the Ottawa Memorial located on the north-eastern point of Green Island in the City of Ottawa, overlooking the Rideau Falls. It is located along Sussex Drive in front of the building that used to be Ottawa's City Hall, but which now houses offices for Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.

The memorial is in the form of a huge bronze globe and was unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on July 1, 1959. It commemorates 809 men and women of the Commonwealth Air Forces who gave their lives during the Second World War while serving in units operating from bases in Canada, the British West Indies and the United States of America, or while training in Canada and the U.S.A. Those named here have no known grave or were buried at remote crash sites which are deemed to be unmaintainable.