Remembrance Day Ceremony

Remembrance Day Ceremony

Every year, the Royal Canadian Legion organizes the National Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa which runs from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

From 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., the Virtual Wall of Honour and Remembrance displays thousands of photographs of late veterans on large screens. At 10:30 a.m., a Veterans Parade departs from near Parliament Hill and makes its way to the National War Memorial, followed by the arrival of dignitaries such as the Prime Minister, the Governor General of Canada, and the Silver Cross Mother – a woman whose child has died while serving in the military. Additional programming includes the national anthem, two minutes of silence, a wreath-laying ceremony and a rousing fly-past (weather permitting). At the end of the National Ceremony and throughout the day, people remove poppies from their coats and place them on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The tomb is covered in red poppies by the end of the day.

Thousands of people gather, rain or shine, to pay their respects to veterans during this very moving event. Crowds can hear the proceedings over loud speakers and have the option to watch a live feed on the jumbo screens.

All Ages
National War Memorial
Ottawa, Ontario
Free
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