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Remembrance Day in Canada.

On Remembrance Day, November 11, 2012, Canadians honour and remember our veterans, and all who served Canada during war, armed conflict and peace. In Ottawa, veterans will gather at the War Memorial on Elgin Street, for the annual Remembrance Day National Ceremony. To mark Remembrance Day, most government offices are closed.

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The Ceremony

* Each year Ottawa hosts the National Ceremony of Remembrance at the National War Memorial at the corner of Elgin and Wellington.

* The ceremony marks the anniversary of the end of the First World War, at 11:00am on November 11th, 1918.

* Prior to the ceremony, a parade of pipers and war veterans march from Cartier Square Drill Hall towards the War Memorial. (The pipe band leaves Cartier Square Drill Hall, marching via Laurier Avenue to Metcalfe and Queen. They're joined by veterans at this location, and then continue marching down Queen Street towards the War Memorial.)

* The ceremony begins at 10:55am at the National War Memorial.

* Wreaths are laid by dignitaries (usually including the Governor General and Prime Minister), along with veterans, and representatives of Canada's armed forces.

* The ceremony is broadcast live on major television networks in Canada.

Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Campaign

* The Poppy Campaign is conducted each year for about 2 weeks prior to November 11th in order to raise funds for needy Canadian veterans, exservice members and their dependants, as well as Commonwealth veterans

* Intention of the Poppy Campaign is to remind Canadians of the sacrifice of the 117,000 Canadians who died in the military, Merchant Navy and Ferry Command in two world wars, the Korean War and other theatres globally

* Donations received are put into trust accounts and used to assist needy veterans, ex-service members, their families and former members of Commonwealth and allied military services

* 18 million poppies are distributed each year.

Veterans Week

The week leading up to Remembrance Day is recognized as "Veterans Week," with events and activities across Canada to honour our veterans.

For more information visit http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance.
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