Canada honors war veterans with Remembrance Day ceremonies

11:17, November 12, 2009      

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Dalton McGuinty, premier of Ontario, speaks at a commemoration for soldiers sacrificed in wars, in Toronto, Canada, Nov. 11, 2009. (Xinhua/Lin Zhaohui)

Remembrance Day ceremonies are being held on Wednesday across Canada to honor soldiers who have participated in wars.

A major ceremony was held at the National War Memorial in Confederation Square in Ottawa. Wreaths were laid, and air forces planes were flying up in the sky, accompanied by gun salutes and marches of military troops.

Governor General Michaelle Jean, visiting British Prince Charles, Prime Minister Stephen Harper were present at the ceremony.

A World War II veteran (L Front) salutes with others at a commemoration for soldiers sacrificed in wars, in Toronto, Canada, Nov. 11, 2009. (Xinhua/Lin Zhaohui)

In the city of Toronto, Remembrance Day Services were held at Queen's Park Veterans' Memorial, with people from all walks of life participating to pay tribute to the country's war veterans.

"Our soldiers serve, ultimately, to give others a gift that all Canadians enjoy -- the opportunity to live to our full potential," said Dalton McGuinty, premier of Ontario province, on the occasion.

The premier was joined by retired Major General Richard Rohmer, Brigadier-General John Collin and other veterans to observe two minutes of silence. Members of the public, Canadian Forces, cadets and school children also attended the ceremony.

The ceremony also included a reading of In Flander Fields, a youth pledge, a 21-gun salute performed by the 7th Toronto Regiment and the laying of wreaths.

The Nov. 11 Remembrance Day marks the anniversary of the end of hostilities in the First World War. Germany signed the Armistice at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. Allied countries including Canada, Britain and France have been marking the day to recognize the sacrifice of soldiers in all wars.

In the neighboring United States, the day was marked as the Veterans Day.

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