In the year 2000, the Canadian government placed a tomb of the unknown soldier at the National War Memorial site in Ottawa. On the first Remembrance Day after its installation, Canadians spontaneously created a small but beautiful gesture to pay tribute to our Armed Forces war dead. After the official ceremony with all its dignitaries, prayers and wreath-laying was completed, the attending crowd did not simply disperse but surged forward and put their poppy pins on top of the unknown soldier's tomb.
Now this ritual has become an important part of every Remembrance Day in Ottawa. Seeing the grey granite tomb awash in a tribute of red poppies is one of the most moving parts of the whole ceremony for me.
It is a wonderful new tradition created by the heartfelt collective action of Canadians.
[All photos from the internet]