The National Remembrance Day Ceremony in Ottawa

On November 11th each year, Canadians stand in collective Remembrance of all who have fallen in the military service of their country. 

The Legion, on behalf of the people of Canada, organizes and conducts the National Remembrance Day service in Ottawa.


Remembrance Day 2019 Tomb of Unknown Soldier


2022 National Remembrance Day Ceremony Overview

The Legion is pleased to once again welcome spectators to the National Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National War Memorial. The 2022 Ceremony will be planned in accordance with national and local regulations. With the easing of pandemic restrictions, the November 11 Ceremony in Ottawa will be back in full with a grand Veterans’ Parade and a fly-past. 


We will Remember Them. 


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    Ceremony Program Schedule

    Ceremony starts at approximately 10:30 am.

    - Veterans' March
    - Arrival of Dignitaries
    - O Canada
    - Last Post
    - First Gun
    - (11:00 am) Two Minutes of Silence
    - Second Gun
    - Lament
    - Rouse
    - Act of Remembrance
    - 21 Gun Salute
    - Prayers
    - Placing of Wreaths
    - Benediction
    - God Save the King
    - March-off
    - Dignitaries depart and ceremony concludes

    View detailed timetable


      Road Closures

      The City of Ottawa will restrict road access around the National War Memorial before and during the ceremony.


        Veterans' March

        Veterans' Parade

        All Canadian Veterans are invited to participate as a member of the Veterans' Marching Contingent, as part of the National Remembrance Day Ceremony and parade.

        • The Veterans' Contingent is under the command of Chief Petty Officer 1st class (ret’d) Jake McDavid.
        • Veterans will form up at 10:10 a.m. in front of the Chateau Laurier, located at 1 Rideau Street, with step off at 10:30 a.m.
        • The ceremony concludes with a Veterans’ march-past a 11:30 a.m.
        • Veterans to wear civilian dress with medals.  Standard parade protocol is in effect.

        There will be a Veterans Luncheon following the ceremony in the Adam Room of the Chateau Laurier.  Sponsored by the Chateau Laurier - all Veterans are welcome.

        For questions, please contact Legion National Headquarters at 613-591-3335 ext. 306 or via email at



        Supermarine Spitfire Mk XII

        A Remembrance Day Flypast with Special Symbolism

        This year, at 11:30am, during the singing of God Save the King, a special flypast of vintage military aircraft will grace the skies, each painted to symbolically honour a Canadian Veteran. Read more.



        Participate in the Act of Remembrance

        There are many ways Canadians can take a moment on November 11th to honour and thank all who served, and to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today.



        Watch the Ceremony Live

        Watch the National Remembrance Day Ceremony live on the Legion’s Facebook page. Watch on Facebook…


        Observe 2 Minutes of Silence

        On November 11 at 11:00 am, join millions of Canadians in observing two minutes of silence to honour, remember and thank all who served and sacrificed. Learn more…


        Local Remembrance Day Ceremonies

        Legion Branches host Remembrance Day ceremonies in communities across the country and abroad. Find your local ceremony. Learn more…


        Youth and Remembrance

        Family and student activities to do on Remembrance Day. Check them out.…