Remembrance Day Round Up

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November 11 is a time to reflect and honour the Canadian soldiers who sacrificed so much for their country. We've put together a list of special events and ceremonies happening around our nation's capital both on Remembrance Day and during the days leading up to it. 

Edge of Peace

As part of the city’s Remembrance Day commemoration, an innovative, multimedia presentation will run at Confederation Park for 8 days. Projected onto luminous spheres, the Edge of Peace is a fictional retelling of the story of four WWI veterans, their service, and a recently bereaved composer struggling to find consolation. Admission is free and the presentation loops continuously from 4:30 PM to 10:30 PM nightly.

Virtual Poppy Drop

Experience a breathtaking and emotional commemoration to our fallen soldiers of World War I at this year’s Virtual Poppy Drop. 117,000 falling poppies are projected onto Parliament’s Centre Block nightly representing each of the 117,000 men and women who lost their lives during the war. You do not want to miss this larger than life, special tribute. Admission is free.

Memorial Hall Ceremony at the Canadian War Museum

On Remembrance Day at exactly 11 AM, visitors can gather at the Memorial Hall located inside the museum’s entrance as the light shines through a single window to frame the headstone of Canada’s Unknown Soldier’s grave. Free tickets will be obtainable starting from 9:30 AM at the information desk and only two tickets are available per person.

Beechwood Cemetery

For those in the east end of the city, a ceremony of Remembrance will take place at the National Military Cemetery on the grounds of the Beechwood Cemetery from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM. The ceremony will commemorate the soldiers who have fallen in service for Canada and all Canadian Force members interred at the cemetery. There will be a children’s choir, marching contingent including veterans and a band all gathered at the site. You can also join free guided tours around the cemetery every Sunday at 1am.

The World Remembers

The World Remembers is a powerful, unique and Canadian-led expression of remembrance and reconciliation marking the centenary years of the First World War. From September 12 to November 11, the 1,003,167 names of those killed in 1918, including those registered as official war deaths from 1919 to 1922, will be are projected onto the Government Conference Centre for 11.5 hours a day and on the Canadian War Museum during open hours.

Hometown Heroes and Canada's Airmen of the First World War

On Friday November 9th, join Parks Canada at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum to kick off the Remembrance Day weekend! Beginning at 2:00pm, attendees can gain free entry to the museum exhibit and Hometown Heroes kisok. At 3:00pm, their will be a special presentation of a Hometown Heroes panel to the Royal Canadian Air Force.