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.