Thursday, November 11, 2010
-Fighters fly over Manotick during the laying of the wreaths. Photo by Mary Lee
The bluest of skies blanketed the nation's capital today as we honoured our fallen comrades, veterans and serving servicemen and women at a very endearing Remembrance Day Ceremony that took place downtown at the War Memorial and at small communities and legions throughout Ottawa and Gatineau.
This year, an bitter sweet addition made the ceremonies that much more relevant to some of our veterans who served in the RAF and RCAF during he Second World War. Vintage Wings' conducted a beautiful fly-past of the Mustang and Spitfire both over the War Memorial, Aylmer, Centrepointe, and Manotick.
"The Spit and Mustang looked fabulous over Parliament Hill. What an emotional ceremony," commented Jacquie Perrin via email. "Just as the planes first flew over, a veteran from a Halifax bomber told how he and his buddies had to bail out..he lost his leg in the prop. The others were decapitated. With the drone of the aircraft in the background, the story was even more poignant. As the aircraft did a few passes, Peter Mansbridge noted they were having a good time up there. Indeed, how wonderful to see them."
Watch full coverage of the ceremonies on CBC at: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2010/11/05/f-remembrance-day.html
Advance the feature video to 1:09:25, 1:13:08 and again at 1:15:27 to hear and see the fly-past over the War Memorial at ceremony here today in Ottawa.