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

 

2020 National Remembrance Day Ceremony Overview

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the way the Legion will run Remembrance Day Ceremonies in 2020. The National Remembrance Day Ceremony in Ottawa will continue although modified to meet local health guidelines.

 

For the first time, spectators will be discouraged from attending in person, due to the limited space and requirement to physically distance.  Learn more about the anticipated changes.

 

Watch the Ceremony on TV or online

  • CBC, CTV and Global will broadcast the Ceremony live on TV
  • Watch the Ceremony live on the Royal Canadian Legion's Facebook page

    Ceremony Program Schedule

    Ceremony starts at approximately 10:45 am.

    - Arrival of Dignitaries
    - O Canada
    - Last Post
    - (11:00 am) Two Minutes of Silence
    - Lament
    - Rouse
    - Act of Remembrance
    - Prayers
    - Placing of Wreaths
    - Benediction
    - God Save the Queen
    - Dignitaries depart and ceremony concludes

    Looking up to the sky

    In partnership with Veterans Affairs Canada, The Royal Canadian Legion has arranged a fly-past of three heritage planes that were essential aircraft for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) during the Second World War. Read more

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      Road Closures  

      To ensure social distancing, the City of Ottawa will restrict road and pedestrian access around the National War Memorial before and during the ceremony.

       

      Participate in the Act of Remembrance

      While in-person attendance at the National Remembrance Day Ceremony is discouraged this year due to the pandemic, 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.

       

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      Watch the Ceremony Live

      On November 11, starting at 10:45 am, watch the National Remembrance Day Ceremony live on the Legion’s Facebook page. Watch on Facebook…

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      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. Remember…

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      Honour our Veterans

      Remembrance initiatives remind us to take time to honour those who have dedicated their lives to serve our nation. Explore…

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      Youth and Remembrance

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

      Wreaths

       

      In honour of those who served and in memory of those who fell

      Thank you to the individuals and organizations who purchased a wreath to honour the Fallen at the National Remembrance Day Ceremony. Lest We Forget wreaths will fill the National War Memorial - a visual tribute to honour Canada's Veterans, and a reminder that we will 'never forget'.

       
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      • Abbigail Cowbrough from Shewchuk Family
      • Access and Countermeasures Division (INS), Global Affairs Canada
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      • Apostolic Nunciature in Canada - Holy See
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      • Army Cadet League Canada / Ligue Cadets D'armee
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      • Canadian Peacekeeping Veterans Association
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      • Cannon/Kerr/Moyer Families
      • CAPSJ Consulting Limited in memory of John & Bunny Pond & Ken Stewart
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      • Durham Regional Police Association
      • Ecole secondaire catholique de Casselman
      • Electrical Contractors Association of Ottawa
      • Embassy of Bulgaria
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      • Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo
      • Embassy of the State of Kuwait
      • Embassy of Togo Republic-Canada
      • Embassy of Turkey
      • Embassy of Yemen - To Fallen Heroes
      • Eric Roud - Tom Paton
      • Ernst & Young LLP
      • Estonia
      • ESU Room 113 Bickford Centre TDSB
      • European Union
      • Family of James Lewthwaite (Veteran) - Redvers, SK
      • Father Keith Wallace and Parishes past 
      • Fathers of Canada / Les Peres du Canada
      • Fernand Leo Jolicoeur, RCAF 428 Squadron
      • First Memorial Funeral Services
      • First Nation Veterans
      • Frank A & Christine B
      • Frank Docherty, Lifetime Member RCL Branch 609
      • FWIC/WI Canada - For Home And Country
      • G. Vincent Clark, UN Peacekeeper
      • Gail & Bob Blake
      • Gary & Vickie Paradis
      • George Mannoly and Lynus Forbes
      • Gerald Ross
      • Glebe Montessori School
      • Govan - Sisk Family
      • Governors Walk Retirement Residence
      • Grant Southon
      • Guy & Deborah Desroches
      • Hamilton Municipal Cemeteries
      • Harbour Landing Village - Regina, SK S4W 0N1
      • Heather Dube
      • Helen Rosseau & Tom Scott
      • Helena & Chuck Prockiw, in memory of Walter Prockiw, 426 (Thunderbird) Squadron RCAF
      • High Commission of Guyana
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      • Hilton Garden Inn & Homewood Suites Ottawa Downtown
      • Hommages de La Suisse
      • Honouring Canada's Black and West Indian Veterans
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      • Hubert Gourdeau
      • Hunt Chauhan Family
      • IAFF Int. Assoc. Fire Fighters - Never Forget
      • Iceland
      • In honour and memory of James Alexander Wesley
      • In honour of Bert and Patricia Swanson
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      • In loving memory of Malcolm Tasker, RCAF
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      • In Memoriam of Gloria MacLeod; military daughter, wife, mother and proud supporter
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      • In memory of Al Gunn
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      • In memory of Angus Raphael Lunny, WWII Veteran
      • In memory of Arthur Parsons - Korea
      • In memory of Brigadier William Cameron Murphy, Commander, First Canadian Armoured Brigade 1944 - 1945
      • In memory of Bruce Edmonds, Second World War Veteran (Royal Navy - Newfoundland)
      • In memory of Captain DL McCullough
      • In memory of Charles Norman Dale
      • In memory of Col. Geoff Parker (Kabul Afghanistan - May 18, 2010)
      • In memory of Eric Ellis
      • In memory of Frederick Shepherd, Killed in Action, April 17, 1945, Sneek, Netherlands
      • In memory of Jeffrey Copley
      • In memory of John Downing, Korean War Veteran
      • In memory of John Symmers, Alexander Symmers, Finlay Symmers, Robert Symmers, Richard Symmers
      • In memory of Lloyd J. Simpson
      • In memory of Louis C. Boileau, RCAF, Second World War Veteran
      • In memory of Lt. Alfred J. Smith, CD
      • In memory of Mary M. Baillie & Clarence S. Lamb
      • In memory of Melvin Leask (RCAF Flight Lieutenant, DFC)
      • In memory of my father Wendell Snyder (RCEME) and husband Jim Walker (RCE)
      • In memory of Noe Beauchesne, WW2 RCAF Bomber Command
      • In memory of Private Clifford Harvey Wood
      • In memory of Sgt Eric Redmond, RCSigs and all those of the C&E Branch who have passed on. May their dedication to the service of their country not be forgotten. Donated by the Redmond and Cooper families
      • In memory of veteran Bentley "Bill" Horton
      • Indigenous Nurses - Honour Your Services to Our Ways
      • Iode Canada
      • IODE Ottawa Municipal
      • Isabelle Daoust, National Defence Corporate Secretary
      • Isla and Thomas Stulp
      • Italia
      • Jamaican High Commission
      • James E Finnie
      • Jamieson Family
      • Jane and Cam Haddow
      • Janice Bateson & Art Slingsby
      • Jean-Conrad Roy
      • Jen Hill, Linda Gallagher Johnston, Sherry Sharpe, Izzy Adams
      • Jewitt Mcluckie and Associate LLP
      • Jockvale Elementary School
      • John & Lisa Sattler and Family
      • John and Susan Bahen
      • John Houston of Orleans
      • John Lundy (father), Bill Lundy and Vince Lundy (his brothers)
      • John Robert Stewart & Family
      • Joseph and Nellie Kellner
      • Judy, Jeff, Jamie & Megan Eddy
      • Karen McCrimmon MP Kanata-Carleton
      • Kate's Vets
      • Ken & Susan Molnar
      • Kinaxis Inc.
      • Kyle and Salma
      • La famille Ducharme
      • LAC Walter, O.M. Palmer, RCAF (1942-1945)
      • Lachance Family
      • Lansdowne Technologies Inc/Shipley Canada
      • LCdr & SLt(N/S) Whiteley (Retd)
      • LCdr Paul Seguna, RCN (Ret'd) & Eva Eaton
      • Lcol WAD Erickson (retired)
      • Le Gabon Se Souvient
      • Lest We Forget-NCC / N'oublions Jamais-CCN
      • LGBTQ2+ CAF/DND Community Defence Team Pride-NCR
      • Liberal Party of Canada / Parti Libéral du Canada
      • Lieutenant William Wallace Givens
      • Linda & Jamie Manzer
      • Linda & Ron Kubelka
      • LNAK-Latvian National Federation in Canada
      • Louis Mousseau
      • Lt Col William Gerald Hamilton
      • Luxembourg
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      • Major Allan Peterson, MC
      • Mark Held and Gorana Botic 
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      • Mattocks Family
      • Max Lysyk & Marissa Ford
      • Mccabe Family
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      • McNabb-Chiu
      • Mergel Family
      • Métis Nation of Ontario
      • Métis National Council
      • Michael & Julie More
      • Michael Mitchell and Diana O'Connor
      • Microsoft Canada 
      • Mike & LuAnn Watt
      • Mindwire Systems Ltd.
      • Mrs. Joan Howell
      • MWO (Retired) J MacKay and Maj L MacKay
      • Myra & Sam Krane
      • National Air Cadet League of Canada
      • National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC)
      • National Council of the Catholic Women's League
      • Naval Association Canada / Association Navale Canada
      • Navy League of Canada / La Ligue Navale du Canada
      • New Zealand
      • Norway Remembers
      • Nursing Sister's Association of Canada
      • NWAC - Lest We Forget
      • OCdt. Jimmy H. Birtwell
      • Odessa & District Lions Club
      • Ombudsman DND-CAF/MDN-FAC
      • On behalf of the O'Connell & Choquette families 
      • Ontario Prof Fire Fighters Association - Never Forget
      • Ontario SPCA and Humane Society
      • Ottawa Craft Group
      • Ottawa Fire Services
      • Ottawa Liberal Caucus / Caucus libéral d'Ottawa
      • Ottawa Paramedic Service / Service Paramédic D'Ottawa
      • Ottawa Police Veterans Association
      • Ottawa Valley Bluegrass Music Assoc. / South Grenville Bluegrass Festival
      • Our fathers: Stuart Richardson and Robert Goulet
      • P/O Hugh N. McLeod, F/S George E. Armstrong, F/S Edward L. Armstrong
      • PAFSO / APASE
      • Palestinian General Delegation
      • Patricia Flood / Pierre Lemieux
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      • People of the Netherlands
      • Persian Gulf Veterans of Canada
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      • Pleasance Simser & Jim Birnie
      • PRVHC - Staff Association
      • Pte William henry Brignall 1916, Cpl Anthony Joseph Boneca 2006
      • Public Health Agency of Canada
      • Public Service Alliance of Canada
      • RA-Centre
      • Randolph Benwell
      • RCAF Association De Larc - Per Ardua Ad Astra
      • RCL 641 Bartenders
      • RCMP - GRC
      • RCMP Veterans' Associations
      • Regional Municipality of Waterloo
      • Remembering Wilbert Rogers
      • Remembrance Day 2020 - Embassy of Portugal
      • Republic of Albania - Lest We Forget
      • Republic of Korea
      • Republique Algerienne Democratique et Populaire
      • République Française
      • Robert & Edie Sauve
      • Robichaud Family
      • Roderick McMillan, RCAF
      • Roland Vaillancourt/Doreen Gobby, Martin and Karen Foubert
      • Ron Crook & Camille Cockerton
      • Rosemere Families / Familles de Rosemere
      • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada / Collège royal des médecins et chirurgiens du Canada
      • Royal Commonwealth Society of Ottawa
      • Royal Thai Embassy
      • Rwanda High Commission in Canada
      • Sarah and Thommy Quinn
      • Shirley Family
      • Sir Thomas Cheetham
      • Sir Winston Churchill SOC - We Shall Never Surrender
      • Slavom Ovencanim Precima-Amb.Srbije
      • Sloan - Fried
      • St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic Secondary School
      • St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School Council, Georgetown, Ontario 
      • Steven Del Duca
      • Stuart & Michele Attwood
      • Submariners Association of Canada Central Branch
      • Susan and Gary Pittman and Family
      • Tanya Dumas & Derrick Paul
      • TeamOneHomes
      • Teskey-Cartright-Keeley Real Estate
      • The Army Navy & Air Force Veterans in Canada
      • The Bahamas High Commission
      • The Banks and Dunn families
      • The Binette-Madeley family (in loving memory of Herman Burke and Edmund Binette)
      • The Black Watch of Canada Assn Upper Canada Branch
      • The Blair Family
      • The Bramble & Brown Families
      • The Brett Family
      • The Brown Family
      • The Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR)
      • The Card Family
      • The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs
      • The Cheverie Family
      • The Company of Master Mariners of Canada
      • The Cranley - Kelly Families
      • The Embassy of Nepal
      • The Erwin Family - Calgary
      • The Family of Donald MacKenzie
      • The Federal Republic of Germany
      • The Fraser Family
      • The Halpern & Isber Families
      • The Hambly Family
      • The Johnston Family
      • The Lepine family
      • The Malone - Bianconi Family
      • The Netherlands / Les Pays-Bas
      • The O'Brien Family
      • The Ottawa Hospital / L'Hopital D'Ottawa
      • The Polish Commbatants' Association in Canada Inc
      • The Professional Institute / L'institut Professionel
      • The Ranacher Family 
      • The Salvation Army - Lest We Forget
      • The SCA Honours Our War Artists
      • The Sterne Family in Honour of Brigadier General Harry W. Sterne
      • The Stokes Family
      • The Sulley Family
      • The Thompson Family
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      • The Vets Kids - Carlington - Ottawa
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      • The War Amps / Les Amputés De Guerre
      • Thomas Goldie
      • Tweed Family
      • Ukrainian Canadian Congress
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      • United Arab Emirates
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      • Université d’Ottawa / University of Ottawa
      • Valleyview Home Veterans
      • Vétéran LGBTQ2+ Veteran
      • Veterans Ombudsman / Ombudsman Des Vétérans
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      • WBM Technologies Inc.
      • Wendy L. Warren in memory of The Warren Twins, WWII Spitfire Pilots
      • Wilmot Creek Homeowners' Association
      • With much gratitude, The Best, Sheppard & Hartford Families