National Geographic : 1947 Nov
AP from Press Ass'n President Truman Pays a Tribute to Canada's 60,000 Warrior Dead of World War I King George VI unveiled the National War Memorial in 1939, only a few months before Canada plunged into World War II. Bronze figures represent an artillery battery struggling through mud (Plate VI and page 587). The massive conglomeration of stone on Parliament Hill should be seen first at a dis tance, from the Quebec side of the river. Half hidden among the elm and maple trees, the towers thrust through the foliage. Miles away you can hear the great clock in the Peace Tower striking, or the music of its carillon. As you approach the Hill, the intricate pat tern of the buildings looms through the trees with an ancient look, like some huge castle in the Old World. Walking up the Hill itself, you suddenly feel the full beauty of the whole design, the overpowering size and grandeur of the central tower. Each season seems to add some special qual- ity to the Hill. Against the steel-blue sky of the winter twilight the towers loom stark and somber, and the bronze statues of Can ada's heroes stand out in dark and giant shape. After a blizzard the buildings are caked with snow like a mighty wedding cake, huge icicles dangling from the eaves, the gray stone rimed with glistening frost. Spring Comes to a Wintry Capital One usually thinks of Ottawa as a winter capital, frozen and white, but in spring the Hill turns green almost overnight, and the stonework is suddenly submerged in a gush of foliage.