National War Memorial closed for the summer

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) has issued a notice that the National War Memorial, located at the intersection of Elgin and Wellington streets in Ottawa, will be inaccessible from the second week of April 2016 until early November 2016.

PSPC is undertaking a major restoration of the Memorial, which consists of completing structural slab replacement, replacing damaged pavers where needed, repairing damaged areas of the Cenotaph and refurbishing the bronze statues. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier will be preserved and protected throughout the project.

During the restoration project, the public will not have access to the site.

Every effort will be made to ensure uninterrupted pedestrian circulation around the site. Should vehicular traffic be affected, motorists will be advised.

The National War Memorial, unveiled in 1939 to commemorate the response of Canadians in the First World War, symbolizes the sacrifice of all those who have served Canada in time of war in the cause of peace and freedom. It is the site of the national Remembrance Day ceremony, televised across Canada each year, and also the place where Corporal Nathan Cirrillo, a reservist in the Canadian Armed Forces, was killed by a lone terrorist on October 22, 2014.