Large crowds gathered at both Old City Hall and Queen’s Park Sunday, to honour the brave soldiers who lost their lives, served and currently serve as part of the Canadian Forces.

Following the national anthem and a moment of silence, Mayor Rob Ford gave a passionate speech to the gathered crowd at Old City Hall.

“We stop to think how much Canadian families have sacrificed while their loved ones served overseas to protect our interests,” Ford said.

Ford also took time to reflect on how things have changed since we first marked Remembrance Day many years ago.

“Almost a century has passed since Canada’s first Remembrance Day in 1919, and while our last World War One veteran’s have passed, we must not overlook their great sacrifices in a war that defined our great nation,” Ford said.

At Queen’s Park officials and dignitaries took in a peaceful moment of silence, followed by a fly-over by Canadian jets. A twenty-one gun salute also honoured the veterans present.

During his speech, Mayor Ford also honoured the thousands injured and hundreds killed in Dieppe, one of the first Canadian-led raids in World War Two.

“They came from across Canada; Calgary, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Windsor, Montreal and Toronto,” Ford said. “Lessons learned from this raid helped pave the way for the successful invasion of Normandy and the end of the war.”

Ford also spoke of our current soldiers.

“There are now many more young women and men who have served Canada since the Second World War and since the Korean conflict,” Ford said.

“Whether on peace-keeping missions worldwide, in disaster zones or in Afghanistan, thousands of new veterans have answered our call, and protected our interests, often at the cost of their lives,’ Ford said, choking up with tears as he spoke.

Ending his speech, Ford gave a final salute to all who have served with the Canadian Forces.

“Those who have served, including those who are here with us today, again, we thank you, we thank you very, very much,” Ford said. “Those who have served and never returned, we thank you, we salute you, we will always, always remember you.”

At one point during the national anthem, two small groups of protesters began to yell and make noise. They were quickly removed by police, however, bringing the calm and peace back to the ceremony.