In the halls of Parliament Hill’s Visitor Welcome Centre, there is a room that serves as a tribute to the thousands of Canadians who died serving our country in uniform.
The Room of Remembrance was unveiled in February 2019 following the temporary closure of the Memorial Chamber in Centre Block, which is undergoing a major rehabilitation.
In this space, eight Books of Remembrance lie beneath a beautiful starry ceiling. Each day, a uniformed officer turns the pages of the books to reveal the names of the fallen. People can also search for names of relatives through the Veterans Affairs Canada website.
The In the Service of Canada Book of Remembrance, left, honours those who served abroad since October 1, 1947. It contains the names of more than 1,800 Canadian Armed Forces members who died in service.
The Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance, right, contains the names of Canadians who were killed at sea during the First and Second World Wars. Its pages are also filled with poetry and maps.
The South African War / Nile Expedition Book of Remembrance, left, pays tribute to Canadians who died in the South African War between 1899 and 1902 and the Nile Expedition. The Nile Expedition marked the first time Canada took part in a war overseas.
The Newfoundland Book of Remembrance, right, honours Newfoundlanders who died in the First and Second World Wars, before Newfoundland became a province in 1949.
The Room of Remembrance is a place for Canadians to reflect on the freedoms they enjoy today while remembering the sacrifices of the past.
Relatives also find solace in knowing their loved ones will always be remembered.