Eli Ridder | Report

Remembrance Day ceremonies on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, and at city halls, places of worship and military bases across Canada on Sunday are marking the end of the First World War a century ago.

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan was the government’s official representative for ceremonies in the capital as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joins other world leaders in France’s Paris for several ceremonies there.

Mr. Sajjan was joined at the National War Memorial by Gov. Gen. Julie Payette and the 2018 National Silver Cross mother Anita Cenerini, representing all mothers who have lost a son to war.

During the First World War, more than 66,000 Canadians died on the battlefields of Europe and more than 45,000 lost their lives during the Second World War.

The Remembrance Day ceremonies across the country acknowledge the contributions of all Canadians who have served and are still serving today, adorned with red poppies.

Ford honours ‘Canadian heroes’

Ontario Premier Doug Ford told hundreds assembled in front of Queen’s Park that “Canadian heroes span every conflict and every generation”.

He spoke after a Remembrance Day ceremony that saw some 500 troops march towards the provincial legislature while John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields” was read.

Politics weren’t left out of the mix.

Mr. Ford said his government was doing “what we can” to make the lives of soldiers easier, including planning to pass a bill that would make Royal Canadian Legion halls in the province tax-free.

Image of the Ottawa ceremony from social media.

Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a freelance journalist. He founded The Avro Post in October 2017. He writes for Breaking911 and Guelph Politico, among others. Feel free to connect at ELIRIDDER@ICLOUD.COM or at ELIRIDDER.CA

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