2010 is the 100th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Navy. This accounts for all the banners and display panels on Confederation Boulevard and down by the war memorial.
A monument is being errected to this anniversary at Richmond Landing, the original origin point of Richmond Road, at the Ottawa River below Chaudiere Falls where the Bronson Creek/Tailrace/Kayak course enters into the Ottawa River.
The banners behind the tent are some of the ones decorating Confederation Boulevard.
There was a large collection of navy-types there. I haven’t seen this many navy uniforms in decades (a navy brat, I grew up down east).
As for the monument itself … well, it hasn’t been constructed yet, but they hope to have it finished in 2011, which will be less-late than the navy gets its new gear. I asked a couple of the old salt types at the ceremony what they thought of the monument [slightly curved concrete wall with gold ball stuck on the top edge]. Let’s just say they missed the symbolism, meaning, representation, purpose … and so did I. Old Salts still have a good vocabulary.