National Military Cemetery

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Municipality/Province: Ottawa, ON

Memorial Number: 35059-294

Type: Cemetery

Address: 280 Beechwood Avenue

Location: Beechwood Cemetery

GPS Coordinates: Lat: 42.446909   Long: -75.6593454

Contributor: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Located in Ottawa, Beechwood Cemetery became the home of Canada's National Military Cemetery (NMC) in 2007. The NMC encompasses four sections of Beechwood and was established through a partnership between the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Veterans Affairs Canada, the Department of National Defence, and Beechwood Cemetery.  

The military plots in Sections 19 and 29 were used during and after the First World War and military burials continued in Section 27 throughout and following the Second World War. In 1958 the Commonwealth War Graves Commission erected a Cross of Sacrifice and shelter building with the Cremation Memorial in Section 27. The Department of National Defence (Canadian Forces) opened section 103 in 2001. This section is dedicated to the memory of Canadian service personnel who honourably served their country in war and peace, at home and abroad, and are now at rest.

A large bronze plaque was unveiled at the NMC opening ceremony with the following inscription:

"Canada's National Military Cemetery, dedicated on 13 September 2007, is a partnership amongst the Beechwood Cemetery Foundation, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the Department of National Defence and Veterans Affairs Canada. This cemetery brings together all those who rest here who died on active service, whose death was related to service, or who served honourably and chose to rest amongst their comrades in these sacred grounds."

There are memorials throughout the NMC, including the Cross of Sacrifice, Cremation Memorial, National Military Cemetery Memorial, and Tri-Service Memorial.


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