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Canada honours its military heroes

12/31/1969 07:00 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST
Canadians across the country will gather to honour the nation's veterans today, a tribute to the men and women who fought for — and in many cases died for — the freedoms cherished by all.

In Ottawa, thousands of people are expected to brave morning showers and cool temperatures to attend the annual national Remembrance Day ceremony at the National War Memorial at Confederation Square on Parliament Hill. Pipers and veterans will begin their parades at 7:30 a.m. ET, with the ceremony itself set to begin at 10:55 a.m.

The city, which has already posted notices of street closures in the area, hopes the crowds will arrive on foot or via transit from other parts of the city. The event, which will be covered live by CBC News, is expected to conclude at around 1 p.m. ET.

Provincial capitals as well as smaller cities and towns will all be holding commemorative events.

In Atlantic Canada, those attending the ceremony in Corner Brook, N.L, will find two new additions at Remembrance Square, a pair of statues honouring those who served in the First World War and those who fought in Afghanistan.

In Charlottetown, Prince Edward Islanders will remember the day at the city's cenotaph.

Haligonians will gather at the Sailors’ Memorial in Point Pleasant Park, overlooking the entrance to Halifax Harbour, to pay special tribute to the sacrifice made by Canadian sailors in defence of Canada.

In St. John, N.B., the city’s major event will be held at Harbour Station.

In Quebec City, a ceremony will be held at the Cross of Sacrifice in the Grande allé.

The City of Toronto has planned several events, including a wreath-laying ceremony at Old City Hall and at each of the civic centres across the city: East York, Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough and York. Services are also being held at Fort York.

On Saturday, a memorial dedicated to troops killed in Afghanistan was unveiled near CFB Trenton, Ont.

Winnipeggers will have several sites where they can pay their respects, including the city's Convention Centre. Events are also planned at several other venues.

In Regina, dignitaries including Saskatchewan Lt.-Gov. Vaughn Schofield will take part in a ceremony at the Brandt Centre.

Edmontonians have several events to choose from, including an indoor service at the University of Alberta Butterdome or Van Vliet Centre. Lt.-Gov. Donald Ethell will preside.

In British Columbia, thousands of sailors, soldiers, airmen, airwomen and cadets will take part in numerous ceremonies on Vancouver Island, a military spokesman at CFB Esquimalt said. The largest contingent will be attending the main ceremony on the lawn of the legislature in Victoria.

Vancouver's largest Remembrance Day event is the annual parade and ceremony at Victory Square Park.

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