A Place for all to Mourn

April 6, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Ottawa Citizen


Beechwood Cemetery, the burial place for Canada's military and the RCMP, hopes to comfort members of all faiths with its new memorial centre, which blends nature, light and geometry, Maria Cook writes.

The new National Memorial Centre at Beechwood Cemetery is a sacred space devoid of religious symbols. It is believed to be among the first memorial centres in the world designed to serve all faiths.

On Monday, Gov. Gen. Michaëlle Jean will preside over the official opening, which will include military bands, a fly-past and announcement of a $1-million fundraising campaign.