Undisclosed #CY365


The memorial tree trunk with its ascending ribbon of names (Photo © 2017 by V. Nesdoly)


The story of each soldier listed on the memorial, including  Mark McLaren, is undisclosed (CY365 for 06-07-17 – Undisclosed © 2017 by V. Nesdoly)

This morning my walk took me down the path of “A Walk to Remember” and the Derek Doubleday Arboretum.

A Walk to Remember is the part of the arboretum that has a memorial to the Canadian men and women who died while serving in Afghanistan. This is how the memorial is described on a nearby sign board:

“Its central commemorative feature is symbolic of a tree whose life has been cut short. Wrapped around the trunk, a steel ribbon ascends towards the sky, carrying the names of the 158 men and women who died while serving in Afghanistan.”

I passed by the memorial this morning just as the light was filtering through the perforated steel ribbon of names. Some of the names were reflected in light against the tree-trunk background. I captured one: “Mark McLaren.”

Only this man’s name is known to me. His story is undisclosed.

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