On November 11th each year, Canadians gather at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, standing in collective Remembrance of all who have fallen in the military service of their country.
Tens of thousands of spectators experience the ceremony from all around the National War Memorial so arriving early helps to get a good vantage point. Whatever your position, you can also view the ceremony on the jumbo screens set up around the Memorial with numerous speakers broadcasting the audio of the entire ceremony.
From 9:00 – 10:00 am, the Virtual Wall of Honour and Remembrancewill be displayed on these screens. Canadians have been “building” this virtual wall of almost 2000 photographs of Veterans who have now passed. It is a way for all Canadians to pay tribute to their service.
All Veterans are welcome to join the Veterans Parade. Please arrive at the form up point, on Wellington Street, corner of Elgin (near the East Block), no later than 10:10 am.You may also gather in the Adam Room, Fairmont Chateau Laurier any time after 8:00 am. The parade will step off at 10:30 am en route to the National War Memorial.
10:20 am - Marching Contingents arrive at the Memorial
10:35 am - Veterans Parade arrives at the Memorial Arrival of Dignitaries
10:57 am - O Canada, Last Post
11:00 am - Two Minutes of Silence, Lament, Rouse, Act of Remembrance, Prayers, Placing of Wreaths, Benediction
11:30 am - God Save the Queen, March Off
12:00 noon - Ceremony concludes
Streets around the National War Memorial will be closed to traffic starting at 7:00 am:
Rideau Street, west of Sussex Drive
Wellington Street, eastbound from Bank Street
Metcalfe Street, northbound from Queen Street
Queen Street, Metcalfe Street to Elgin Street
Elgin Street, northbound from Albert Street
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