Federal officials including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, dignitaries and veterans commemorated the sacrifices of Canadian war dead and veterans on Thursday at a Remembrance ceremony marking the anniversary of the end of the Second World War.
Remembrance Day in Ottawa saw the return of crowds gathered at the National War Memorial after a year of virtual observances amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thursday’s ceremony was out of order in the traditional sense, where the national anthem and Last Post, which traditionally signals the two minutes of silence, did not happen until after the two minutes. The Prime Minister and Governor General Mary Simon both arrived later than originally planned.
According to a statement provided to Global News from Veterans’ Affairs Canada, the delay in the arrival of the Prime Minister and Governor General was caused by a potential security risk.
Two minutes of silence was observed to remember the sacrifices of Canadian military members at 11 a.m. ET.
25:43- Arrivals of federal officials, dignitaries
30:13- Peace Tower clock
37:49- O Canada sung by choir
39:25- Last Post
42:27- Piper’s Lament
52:14- Wreath-laying ceremony
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