Soldiers of The Royal Canadian Regiment complete the change of the sentries at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the foot of the National War Memorial in the centre of downtown Ottawa. Most people would associate any reference to military ceremonies in the capital with the Changing of the Guard that happens on the lawn of Parliament with over one hundred soldiers and a full military band. Not this small, quiet duty in front of the monument. Yet for soldiers and veterans this is the one that is most likely to cause them to take pause and have the most real meaning. "Lest we Forget" is not a slogan, it's a promise that Canadians make with their Armed Forces. You can neglect the military in peacetime, but don't ever forget what thousands, and their families, lost by making the ultimate sacrifice. When someone was videotaped desecrating the war monument a number of years ago - specifically the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Ottawa quickly authorized this small, but effective sentry duty. Soldiers have a simple/effective saying for decisions like that '..proper thing.."
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