Each year on Remembrance Day on November 11, we remember and honour the brave men and women who have fallen to protect our country and freedoms by taking time to reflect on their sacrifices and wearing a poppy.
Residents are invited to observe this national holiday by participating in Remembrance Day events across the city.
The National Remembrance Day Ceremony, organized by the Royal Canadian Legion, takes place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the National War Memorial. A Virtual Wall of Honour and Remembrance will be projected onto the National War Memorial from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., displaying thousands of photographs. The Veteran Parade will start from Parliament Hill at 10:30 a.m. and make its way to the National War Memorial, where wreaths will be laid, and a moment of silence observed at 11 a.m. The Ceremony will be broadcast nationally on television and on the Legion’s facebook page.
Residents can also attend special Remembrance Day Programming at the Canadian War Museum, for which admission is free that day, view the Kipnes Lantern display of cascading poppies at the National Arts Centre and attend a ceremony of Remembrance at the National Military Cemetery from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Beechwood Cemetery
The City of Ottawa will commemorate Veteran’s Week by flying the poppy flag from November 5 to 11 at City Hall. On November 11, all flags at City Hall and city Facilities will be at half half-mast. I also look forward to hosting the annual Candlelight Tribute on November 5 at the Canadian War Museum. During this special event, veterans pass lit candles to youth – a symbolic passing of the torch of remembrance from one generation to another.
To encourage participation in Remembrance Day activities, public transit will be at no cost on November 11. This will give residents an opportunity to try the LRT and to get to downtown Remembrance Day activities conveniently by bus or train while leaving their vehicles at home.
More information on Remembrance Day activities in Ottawa can be found by visiting Ottawa Tourism, the Legion and Veteran Affairs Canada’s websites.