Remembrance Day Ceremony
The Remembrance Day Ceremony has played a major role in Remembrance for decades. Every year on November 11, millions gather to collectively stand in honour of all who have fallen in the service of their country.
The Act of Remembrance
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
We will remember them.
Remembrance Day is an important day in the Canadian calendar and is an opportunity to give meaning to past sacrifice and acknowledge the courage of those presently serving. Each year, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we gather in memorial parks, community halls, workplaces, schools and homes to observe a moment of silence and mark the sacrifice of so many.
Take part in Remembrance ceremonies across Canada
Legion members in Branches from coast to coast to coast are proud to organize Remembrance Day Ceremonies in over 1400 communities across Canada. Through our Branches, the Legion perpetuates the traditions of Remembrance and ensures Canada ‘never forgets’. We encourage all Canadians to participate in your local Remembrance Day Ceremonies. These solemn and poignant observances remind us of the service and sacrifice of the men and women who protect our freedoms, and provide an opportunity to give thanks and honour the fallen.
To find a ceremony in your community, please contact your local Legion Branch.
The National Remembrance Day Ceremony
In addition to ceremonies across Canada, the Royal Canadian Legion also organizes and conducts the National Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa.
Broadcasted and covered by media nationally, the National Remembrance Day Ceremony involves Veterans of all wars and peace support operations, as well as numerous dignitaries, the Canadian Armed Forces, the RCMP, members of the Diplomatic Corps and youth representatives.
Show your support by wearing a Poppy
Every year, from the last Friday in October to Remembrance Day, Canadians are invited to wear a Poppy as a symbol of recognition of the debt owed to those who gave their lives for our freedom. Many also choose to place their Poppy on a cenotaph or memorial after the ceremony on November 11.
Poppies are distributed freely to anyone who wants one. The Legion gratefully welcome donations to the Poppy Fund. Through the generosity of everyone who takes part in our Poppy Campaign, the Legion is able to serve Veterans and their families on a daily basis.
To further support our Veterans – past and present – anyone can become a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. You can also show your pride and appreciation by purchasing Poppy and commemorative items from the Poppy Store. All proceeds support Legion programs.