|I took this picture and several that follow it early on before|
the ceremony started They set the scene for the day's activity.
|The ceremony takes place at the site of the Ottawa Fire Fighters|
Memorial on the grounds of Ottawa City Hall on Laurier near Elgin.
|I think I took this picture a few times.|
|You can see the beginning of the procession just beyond the intersection.|
|My first impulse was to wait for this photographer to get out of the picture.|
Almost immediately I changed my mind. People taking pictures are part of this
ceremony so rather than avoid them I have included them.
|The design of the tartan worn by the Ottawa Fire Service Pipes and Drums|
came from within the band and has been registered as their official tartan.
|The two Clydesdale horses pulling the steam pumper were part of the world|
record 50 horse hitch. There is a metal plate on their noes band that says
this and their collar proudly displays the number '50.'
|With the procession complete the main part of the ceremony starts.|
|Trumpet player and piper prepare for The Last Post and moment of silence.|
|The ceremony concludes with a march past.|
|Women now play an important part of the Ottawa Fire Service.|
|These firefighters were detailed with cleaning up the chairs after the ceremony.|
When I pointed my camera at them they moved to get out of the picture. I said,
"Hey, men at work." They let me take their picture.
|These last few pictures show participants getting together and|
touching base with each other after the ceremony's conclusion.