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Remembrance Day in Ottawa November 11, 2014

Remembrance Day in Ottawa

Lest we forget… On November 11, ceremonies of remembrance provide a powerful pause to reflect on the sacrifices of Canadian soldiers. As red poppies canvas the Ottawa region, so will veterans –both aged and young, residents and visitors gather to commemorate Remembrance Day. Special ceremonies are being held at the following sites:

National War Memorial (10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.)

Every year, the Royal Canadian Legion organizes the National Ceremony of Remembrance at the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa. Highlights include the veterans themselves on parade, the attendance of the Prime Minister, the Governor General of Canada, and the Silver Cross Mother – a woman whose child has died while serving in the military. There is also a wreath laying ceremony, a moving children’s choir performance and a rousing fly-past (weather permitting). Arrive early to secure a good vantage point.

Canadian War Museum (10:40 a.m.)

The Canadian War Museum, situated west of downtown, is a living memorial to Canada’s proud military history. On November 11, Memorial Hall, located inside the Museum’s main entrance, becomes the centerpiece. Here, at exactly 11:00 a.m. a beam of sunlight shines through a single window into Memorial Hall to perfectly frame the headstone from the grave of Canada’s Unknown Soldier. To observe the beam of light at 11:00 a.m. from within Memorial Hall, tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis as of 9:30 a.m. Museum admission is free on Remembrance Day. There is also a program called Operation Veteran which ensures that veterans eat for free at the Canadian War Museum every day the Museum is open. Every year, the program also invites students from across Canada to attend the Remembrance Day wreath-laying ceremony at the National War Memorial and a special tour of the War Museum, where students have the opportunity to talk to veterans.

Beechwood Cemetery (10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.)

East of Ottawa, a ceremony of Remembrance takes place at the National Military Cemetery on the grounds of Beechwood Cemetery. The ceremony honours all those who have fallen in the service of Canada and all Canadian Forces members interred at the cemetery. There is also a marching contingent including veterans, a band and a children’s choir performance.

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