The National Ceremony

Involving Veterans of all wars and peace support operations, numerous dignitaries, the Canadian Armed Forces, RCMP, members of the Diplomatic Corps and youth representatives, the National Remembrance Day Ceremony has played a key role in Remembrance for decades. Broadcast nationally and covered by media across the country, tens of thousands of Canadians choose to show their respect by attending this ceremony each year.

View the photos from the National Ceremony 2014

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.  The Royal Canadian Legion Dominion Command is proud to organize and conduct this national commemoration on behalf of and for Canadians.

The ceremony will take place at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on 11 November.

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 1010 hours.  An OC Transpo bus will be at that location to provide a warm waiting area for those Veterans who arrive early.  You may also report to the Adam Room, Fairmont Chateau Laurier to wait.  The parade will step off at 1030 hours en route to the National War Memorial, arriving at 1035 hours.

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 and the many speakers broadcast the entire ceremony.

The jumbo screens will display the Virtual Wall of Honour and Remembrance before and during the ceremony until 1030hrs, just before the arrivals of special guests including The Prime Minister, the Silver Cross Mother and the Governor General.

Please remember that there are some road closures starting at 0700hrs.

Passholders wishing to lay a wreath must contact Angela Keeling Colkitt  at 613-591-3335 ext: 244 or akeeling@legion.ca.

Non-passholders please contact your local branch.

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