August 4 – Ottawa-Parliament Hill

 

We made it to Parliament Hill. After visiting the ten provincial capitals and their legislature buildings for a photo with our Canada Flag we flew to Ottawa to visit the National Capital for a photo with the flag that has just traveled across the country in the last month. Mission Accomplished.

Our appointment was at 10:30 to meet with Mr. Stuart Barnable, Chief of Staff, Office of the Speaker of the Senate. It was then a VIP guided tour of the Parliament Building with one of his Special Assistants, Jeremie.

Starting at the Senate, the House of Commons, the Library, up the Peace Tower to see the clock, then finally the Memorial Chamber.

Directly behind the flag is the seat for the Speaker of the Senate. Behind the Speaker is the tallest chair for the reigning Monarch and then their spouse.

 

The House of Commons is much less elaborate than the Senate. 

Jeremie was a great help getting around the Parliament Building and past all the visitors waiting in line. We felt very special.

Jeremie pointed out features that we would have missed otherwise. The photo above depicts the last two Monarchs and above them on the upper gallery are their respective spouses.

The Library.

 

We are near the top of the Peace Tower and the mechanism for the clock.

In the Peace Tower, on the Mezzanine floor is located the Memorial Chamber. This Chamber is dedicated to the Canadians fallen in battle throughout Canada’s history. The book above lists airmen who gave their all. It includes the names of two airmen named Leroux. One I believe was my father’s first cousin, and I am unsure of the other.

 

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