Canadians paid homage to our fallen soldiers on Sunday, with ceremonies across the country.

Ontario’s Ceremony of Remembrance service took place on November 11 at 10:45 a.m. on the front lawn of the Main Legislative Building at Queen’s Park.

The peaceful ceremony saw hundreds gather along with provincial dignitaries, a fly-over by Canadian jets and a 21-gun salute.

There were Remembrance Day ceremonies on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Queen’s Park and Toronto’s Old City Hall on Sunday starting at 10:45 a.m. Ceremonies will take place each of the Civic Centres across Toronto, as well as Fort York.

At the ceremony at Old City Hall more than a thousand people gathered as Mayor Rob Ford gave a passionate speech paying tribute to our soldiers past and present.

There were be community events throughout Ontario. To see what your city is doing to commemorate soldiers this week, see the below Google map compiled using data from Veteran Affairs Canada, the Ontario government and City of Toronto.


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List of Remembrance Day events:

1st Annual Veterans Appreciation Luncheon in Barrie
Start date: Nov. 08, 2012
Start time: 11 a.m.
End time: 2 p.m.
Details: Medichair Barrie welcomes Veterans and their spouses/guests to the 1st annual Veterans Appreciation Luncheon at the Royal Canadian Legion in Barrie. The event will be highlighted by live music, a flag procession, special guests to honour Veterans, entertainers, displays and door prizes. Registration is required, please contact Suzi Schultz before Oct. 12 as seating is limited: (705) 722-3376 ext. 227 / suzi.schultz@barrie.medichair.com
Location: Royal Canadian Legion, 410 St. Vincent St., Barrie

Windjammers: In Remembrance in Brampton
Start date: Nov. 11, 2012
Start time: 7 p.m.
End time: 9 p.m.
Details: Packed with both martial and popular music of the World Wars, Korea and Afghanistan, a Vera Lynn Medley, veterans standing in tribute for their navy, army and air force march pasts, an Act of Remembrance, colour guard, the Pipes and Drums of the Lorne Scots – this will be a concert for remembrance, and to remember.
Location: Rose Theatre Brampton, 1 Theatre Lane, Brampton

Veterans’ Week Ceremonial Puck Drop in Brockville
Start date: Nov. 09, 2012
Start time: 7:30 p.m.
End time: 10 p.m.
Details: A ceremonial puck drop to pay tribute to the sacrifices and achievements of both our traditional and modern day Canadian Veterans will highlight the Central Canada Hockey League contest between the Brockville Braves and the Kemptville 73′s.
Location: Brockville Memorial Centre, 1 Magedoma Dr., Brockville, Ontario

Granton Cenotaph Service
Start date: Nov. 10, 2012
Start time: 4:30 p.m.
End time: 6:15 p.m.
Details: A service will be held Saturday,November 10th beginning at 16:30 at the cenotaph in Granton, following this service we will adjourn to Granton Wesley United Church for their 17:30 service
Location: Granton Cenotaph, Fallon Line, Granton, Ontario

Remembrance Day reception in London
Start date: Nov. 11, 2012
Start time: 11:30 a.m.
End time: 1:30 p.m.
Details: Remembrance Day Reception Nov.11, 2012 Centennial Hall 11:30 pm to 2:00 pm (Immediately after ceremony at Cenotaph)
Open House with FREE refreshments
The Remember November 11 Association will be hosting a reception for Veterans and Canadian Forces members with food and beverages plus exhibits about our military history. Youth groups plus the general public can meet the Veterans and Soldiers, say “Thank You”, and talk with our Heroes.
Location: Centennial Hall, 550 Wellington St., London, Ont.

Lucan Community Remembrance Service
Start date: Nov. 08, 2012
Start time: 10:30 a.m.
End time: 11:30 a.m.
Details: In Lucan, Ontario for the past 40 years students from Public Schools and Roman Catholic School in the area, come together with the general public for a community service. Approximately 700-800 people will gather to sing, recite and lay wreaths at our service, which starts at 1030. Please join us if you can
Location: Lucan Memorial Community Centre, Main St.Lucan, Ont.

Lucan Legion Branch 540 Service
Start date: Nov. 11, 2012
Start time: 10:30 a.m.
End time: 6 p.m.
Details: A service will be held November 11th beginning at 1030 at the cenotaph in front of the Legion. After the service we will have food, friendship and music in our downstairs lounge from 1-6 p.m. The Celebration of Remembrance is open to everyone.
Location: Lucan Legion Branch 540, 136 Market St., Lucan, Ont.

Veteran Commemorative Ceremony at Leacock Care Centre, Orillia
Start date: Nov. 10, 2012
Start time: 10:30 a.m.
End time: 11:15 a.m.
Details: On Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 at 10:30 a.m., Leacock Care Centre will hold their annual Remembrance Day Service. The ceremony includes the placing of a poppy wreath, (OPP) bag pipes, (OPP) trumpeter – the last post and reveille. This year our 12 resident veterans are fewer in number. They appreciate the care and consideration that is always a part of this ceremony (usually held on November 11th). If you are in the Orillia area Leacock Care Centre would be honoured with your attendance.
Location: Leacock Care Centre, The Large Activity Room ground floor; 25 Museum Dr., Orillia

National Ceremony of Remembrance in Ottawa
Start date: Nov. 11, 2012
Start time: 11 a.m.
Details: National wreath laying ceremony
Location: National War Memorial, Intersection of Elgin and Wellington streets, Ottawa

The Ghosts of Aisne – Remembering Canadians in WWI in Peterborough
Start date: Nov. 02, 2012
End date: Nov. 17, 2012
Start time: 8 p.m.
Details: Peterborough Theatre Guild,in partnership with the Collective of Artist for Remembrance and Education CARE will stage the original WWI play The Ghosts of Aisne – Remembering Canadians in WWI. The play follows a group of soldiers in the trenches in the hours leading up to the gas attach at Ypres where the First Canadian Division heroically held the line.
CARE will be inviting students from the Kawartha Pine Ridge School Board to attend a presentation of the play and will providing educational material.
Location: Peterborough Theatre Guild, 364 Rogers St., Peterborough, Ont.

Ontario’s Ceremony of Remembrance at Queen’s Park
Start date: Nov. 11, 2012
Start time: 10:45 a.m.
End time: 11:45 a.m.
Details: On the front lawn of the Ontario Legislature there stands a 30-metre-long granite wall, etched with scenes from Canada’s military history. Ontario’s Veterans’ Memorial is dedicated to every man and woman who has served with courage to protect our freedom in times of war and in peace. On Nov. 11, 2012, starting at 10:45 a.m., we will honour our veterans by remembering their selfless courage and commitment at Ontario’s Ceremony of Remembrance held at the Veterans’ Memorial.
Location: Front Lawn, Legislative Building, Queen’s Park, Toronto

Festival of Praise and Remembrance 2012 in Richmond Hill

Start date: Nov. 11, 2012
Start time: 6 p.m.
End time: 9 p.m.
Details: The event program includes: songs of praise by the audience and attendees; special music by Children’s Choirs, Community Choirs, North York Temple Band, Songsters and Timbrels; drills by Veterans; Scottish Band (Bagpipe Band); drama by various Arts Groups; tributes to the fallen heroes and loved ones from the Mayors, MPPs, MPs, Community Leaders, interfaith leaders; special guests of honour eg. Lt. Governor of Ontario, or Governor General; and displays of artwork, photography, film and multimedia by local artists.
Location: Richmond Hill Centre For the Performing Arts, 10268 Yonge St., Richmond Hill, Ont.

Kew Gardens in Toronto
Nov. 11
10:45 a.m.
Cenotaph, 2075 Queen St. E.

Prospect Cemetery- Sunrise Service in Toronto

Nov. 11, 8 a.m.
1450 St Clair Ave. W.
Prospect Cemetery and Mausoleum

Remembrance Day ceremony at Swansea Town Hall
Swansea Town Hall
Nov. 11, 10:45 a.m.
95 Lavinia Ave
Front Desk, Swansea Town Hall

Royal Canadian Legion in Scarborough
Royal Canadian Legion – Scarborough Zone
Nov. 11, 10:45 a.m.
Scarborough Cenotaph
(Kingston Road and Danforth Avenue)

Royal Canadian Legion at Stan Lister Hall
Royal Canadian Legion – Stan Lister Hall
Nov. 11, 7 p.m.
100 Salome Dr.

Remembrance Day ceremony at the Toronto Zoo
Toronto Zoo
Nov. 11, 10:55 a.m.
Meadowvale north of Sheppard

Remembrance Day ceremony at East York Civic Centre’s Memorial Gardens
Nov. 11, 10:45 a.m.
East York Civic Centre
Memorial Gardens
850 Coxwell Ave.

Remembrance Day ceremony at Etobicoke Civic Centre
Nov. 11, 10:15 a.m.
Etobicoke Civic Centre
Cenotaph
399 The West Mall

Remembrance Day ceremony at North York Civic Centre

Nov. 11, 10:45 a.m.
North York Civic Centre
George Weston Recital Hall at the Toronto Centre for the Arts
5040 Yonge Street

Remembrance Day ceremony at Old City Hall Cenotaph
Nov. 11, 10:45 a.m.
Toronto Old City Hall
Cenotaph
60 Queen St. W.
Bay & Queen Streets

Remembrance Day ceremony at York Civic Centre
Nov. 11, 10:45 a.m.
York Civic Centre
York Memorial Collegiate Auditorium
2690 Eglinton Avenue West

Remembrance Day ceremony at Fort York
Nov. 11
10:45 a.m.
Fort York National Historic Site/
Strachan Avenue Military Cemetery
(Garrison Common)
250 Fort York Blvd.

Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial in Trenton
Start Date: November 10, 2012
Start Time: 1 p.m.
Details: The official unveiling and dedication of the Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial will take place at Bain Park. The Memorial will be a fitting tribute not far from where Canadian repatriation ceremonies occur and at the beginning of our fallen soldiers’ journey along the Highway of Heroes, from Trenton to Toronto.
Location: Bain Park, Trenton, Ontario

Veterans’ Family Day in Windsor

Start date: Nov. 11, 2012
Start time: noon
End rime: 4 p.m.
Details: Support and honor our war heroes! Enjoy dinner, camaraderie, gifts, prizes and live entertainment. All proceeds go to Windsor Historical Society – Veterans Memories Project. Festivities begin following ceremonies at the Windsor Cenotaph. Free for Veterans and up to 5 additional family tickets for $10 each. You may also show your support by sponsoring a Veterans’ table or by donating a door prize.
Location: The Serbian Center, 6770 Tecumseh Road East. Windsor, Ont.


What’s open/closed
Remembrance Day is a federal holiday, but with Nov. 11 falling on a Sunday in 2012, government buildings will be closed on Monday and there will be no mail delivery. Banks will be closed as well.


Transit info
GO Transit has offered war veterans and a companion all-day free travel on Remembrance Day. Veterans are asked to identify themselves by wearing their medals, beret, blazer, uniform or any other similar belongings while boarding a train or bus.

Immediate family members of fallen soldiers or veterans who have passed away can also ride for free, if they bring an item which identifies them.

Remembrance Day 2012: CityNews 5-part series
In CityNews’ five-part series leading up to Remembrance Day, they show you the faces behind the poppy and stories of veterans from four different conflicts. As you’ll see, the faces of war veterans are ever-changing. See the series here.