LIVE: Remembrance Day draws bigger crowds, higher emotions in 2014

CBC is live streaming this year’s Remembrance Day event. On  this day in 1918, the Great War (WWI) ended. This year also marks the 100th anniversary of of the start of the Great War. -LW


Main event being held at Ottawa’s National War Memorial, where Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was killed 3 weeks ago

Remembrance Day services and commemorations today come amid a rising tide of concern for Canada’s armed services and the memory of those who have protected the country in the past.

The main Remembrance Day event in Ottawa will be held at the National War Memorial, where Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was shot and killed nearly three weeks ago, two days after a man in Quebec drove his car into Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, killing him.

Ottawa police said there will be an increased police presence Tuesday around the memorial where Cirillo was gunned down the morning of Oct. 22, and off-duty officers will be able to wear their uniforms to the ceremony and carry their sidearms.

In a year when poppy sales are breaking records, emotions are running higher than usual on Nov. 11.

Ottawa Shooting Vigil 20141025 Oct 25 Tomb of Unknown Soldier memorial

Hundreds attended a candlelight vigil at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Oct. 25 to pay tribute to Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, a reservist from Hamilton who was killed there three days earlier. Since Cirillo’s death, people have travelled in droves to the war memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. (Justin Tang/Canadian Press)

Wayne Powell, the Canadian Legion’s district poppy chair for Toronto, told CBC News the legion has been stretched to keep up with demand for poppies, worn as a symbol of remembrance in Canada, the U.K., Australia and New Zealand.

About 80,000 people are expected to attend the Ottawa ceremony, the largest crowd since 1939, when it reached 100,000. Typically, about 35,000 people turn out each year, the CBC’s Hannah Thibedeau reported

Princess Anne was scheduled to join Gov. Gen. David Johnston at the National War Memorial, along with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau. NDP Leader Tom Mulcair was scheduled to attend the ceremony in Halifax.

Others expected at the Ottawa event include:

  •     Vice-Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Princess Anne’s husband.
  •     Laureen Harper, the prime minister’s wife.
  •     Sharon Johnston, wife of the Governor General.
  •     Senate Speaker Noël Kinsella.
  •     Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino.
  •     Gen. Thomas Lawson, chief of defence staff.

The commemoration will include the familiar rituals of the piper’s lament, Last Post, the artillery salute and the recitation of the Act of Remembrance taken from Laurence Binyon’s poem, For the Fallen:

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old ….”

There will be a formal rededication of the memorial itself, to add the dates of the Afghanistan mission and the South African War.

There is also a new inscription: “In Service to Canada — Au service du Canada.” The government says the inscription is intended to recognize all who serve, be it in the past, present or future.

Since Cirillo’s death, people have travelled in droves to the war memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at its foot. They have carpeted the steps with bouquets, poppies, photos, poems, written tributes, stuffed animals, a can or two of beer, even a battered hockey stick.

The formal ceremony, including dwindling numbers of Second World War veterans and ranks of serving soldiers, sailors and air personnel, will likely only increase interest, especially since temperatures are forecast to be warmer than usual Tuesday.

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8 thoughts on “LIVE: Remembrance Day draws bigger crowds, higher emotions in 2014

  1. Wanderer says:

    We don’t? Silly me… I guess Veterans Day(today) doesn’t count, huh? Nor does Memorial Day, Independance day, etc. I don’t mean to insult you, but I think it’s time we all drop the nationalist pride BS. We have more than one such day, as does probably every other country on sweet Gaia.

    • Wanderer, no offense was intended. I spent 15 years in the United States, and found Remembrance Day in Canada was more comparable to Memorial Day. In my experience, Veterans Day was only observed on the calendar. It’s less about national pride than cultural exchange. Do you wear a poppy on any of these holidays?

      • Wanderer says:

        Not since I was kid. Many still do, though. I wasn’t insulted, just pointing out that every country has something similar. I have a bad tendancy to be blunt and often undiplomatic… that’s the Indigo in me… but I have resolved to work on that, lol! Anyway, we’re all family and maybe soon we’ll have Rememberance day of that simple, beautiful truth…. and I will wear a poppy on that day. Peace, love and light to All That Is.

      • I haven’t worn a poppy since I learned that all these so called “wars” are staged events.

        I will wear a poppy on ‘Truth Day’, if we ever have one.

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