A group of trees, flowers and a small memorial to the people of Ottawa have been erected on the front door of the city’s downtown headquarters.
The Wreathes of Trees are part of the “Ottawa Week” initiative, which began this week and will last until the end of June.
The group’s leader, Jennifer Schulman, said the initiative is about remembering those who have died and remembering those whose lives have been lost in the city.
“We’ve had a lot of great memorials and memorials in the past, but this one is something different,” Schulmans said.
“I think it’s a way to remember the families, the loved ones, who have gone through some very difficult times.”
The Ottawa Week is the citywide celebration of the year’s events, which typically include parades, festivals, concerts and other events.
This year’s Ottawa Week includes a major festival called the Ottawa Arts Festival, which is expected to draw thousands of people.
The group also started a memorial to former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, who died in November.
The Ottawa Wreathed Tree was built in memory of Ottawa’s Mayor Frank McKenna, who was murdered in December.
McKenna was gunned down in the middle of his day job as a police officer.
The city announced in February that McKenna had died.