The National Ceremony

View the National Remembrance Day Ceremony schedule.

Participating in the National Ceremony

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.

2016 National Remembrance Day Ceremony: Official Program


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 Remembrance will 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.

Veterans Parade

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
Act of Remembrance
Placing of Wreaths

11:30 am
God Save the Queen
March Off

12:00 noon
Ceremony concludes

Road Closures

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


For more information concerning the National Remembrance Ceremony, please contact contact Kelly Therien at 613-591-3335 ext: 240 or

Wreaths are available for purchase through the Legion.