Nov 11, 2022
By Christine Ross
Canadians are paying respect to the country’s war dead at somber Remembrance Day ceremonies across the country.
Thousands of people wearing poppies stood in silence as cannons boomed and military aircraft flew past the National War Memorial in Ottawa as the clock on the Peace Tower struck 11 a.m.
The national ceremony also marked the 80th anniversary of the ill-fated attack on Dieppe, in which 916 Canadians died in a single day.
At Queens Park and the at Toronto’s Old City Hall Cenotaph, Premier Doug Ford and Mayor John Tory spoke.
“This is a time to honour the brave women and men in uniform who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of democracy,” said Premier Doug Ford.
“It’s the though of words unsaid and letters left unanswered that should leave us all with a sense of sadness event today, especially today, as we think about the very human toll of war,” said Mayor John Tory.
There was a heavy security presence around the National War Memorial, with snowplows parked at intersections and police out in full force.
This was the first time in three years that full scale Remembrance Day ceremonies were held in Canada.
Similar scenes are playing out at cenotaphs and war memorials across the rest of the country.