I'm starting today with a series that I took on Remembrance Day earlier this month, featuring first the ceremony at the National War Memorial, which had military pipes and drums musicians lead out the veterans towards the Memorial. The service includes two minutes of silence at the eleventh hour, prayers in both official languages as well as a First Nations language, music, the firing of cannons, an official flypast, and the laying of wreaths at the Memorial. The crowds, as always, were large, showing support and appreciation for the veterans. Those surviving veterans of the Second World War are less in number each year.
After the service was finished, the veterans returned up Elgin Street and came around onto Wellington for the march past the Governor General, a formal salute that continues to carry on through time. They were followed by active members of all of the service branches, members of the Ceremonial Guard and the Highlanders, cadets of the Royal Military College in Kingston, and members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. There were even service dogs among the ranks of the veterans.