Remembrance Day across Canada
Canadians gathered in cities and towns across the country to pay tribute to war heroes past and present at cenotaphs, cemeteries and legion halls. In St. John's, Premier Danny Williams unveiled a plaque honouring Canadian soldiers involved in the Afghanistan conflict, as part of Remembrance Day ceremonies. A parade and ceremony are also taking place at the National War Memorial on Duckworth Street. At war memorials throughout Newfoundland and Labrador - in the smallest outports overlooking the ocean to the larger centres - veterans, family members and the public gathered for Remembrance Day ceremonies. In Ottawa later, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean presided over ceremonies at the National War Memorial. In Afghanistan, the families of six Canadian soldiers gathered at the cenotaph inside the Canadian compound at Kandahar Air Field. The families laid wreaths emblazoned with the words "Fallen Soldier." More than 100,000 Canadians have lost their lives in battle, including almost 69,000 in the First World War, 47,000 in the Second World War, 517 in the Korean War, 112 in peacekeeping missions and 97 in Afghanistan.
Published on November 11, 2008Remembrance Day across Canada