Participating in the National Ceremony

On November 11th each year, Canadians gather at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, standing in collective Remembrance of all who have fallen in the military service of their country. 

The Legion, on behalf of the people of Canada, organizes and conducts the National Remembrance Day service in Ottawa.

Remembrance Day

Viewing

16bTens of thousands of spectators experience the ceremony from all around the National War Memorial so arriving early helps to get a good vantage point. Whatever your position, you can also view the ceremony on the jumbo screens set up around the Memorial with numerous speakers broadcasting the audio of the entire ceremony.

From 9:00 – 10:00 am, the Legion's Virtual Wall of Honour and Remembrance will be displayed on these screens. Canadians have been “building” this virtual wall of photographs of Veterans who have now passed. It is a way for all Canadians to pay tribute to their service.

Those unable to attend will be able to follow the ceremony virtually from 10:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. through our Facebook Live stream

Veterans Parade

All Veterans are welcome to join the Veterans Parade. Please arrive at the form up point, on Wellington Street, corner of Elgin (near the East Block), no later than 10:10 am. You may also gather in the Adam Room, Fairmont Chateau Laurier any time after 8:00 am. The parade will step off at 10:30 am en route to the National War Memorial.

Schedule

View Brochure: National Remembrance Day Ceremony

  • 10:20 am
    • Marching Contingents arrive at the Memorial
  • 10:35 am
    • Veterans Parade arrives at the Memorial Arrival of Dignitaries
  • Remembrance Day Brochure 201710:57 am
    • O Canada
    • Last Post
  • 11:00 am
    • Two Minutes of Silence
    • Lament
    • Rouse
    • Act of Remembrance
    • Prayers
    • Placing of Wreaths
    • Benediction
  • 11:30 am
    • God Save the Queen
    • March Off
  • 12:00 noon
    • Ceremony concludes

Road Closures

Streets around the National War Memorial will be closed to traffic starting at 7:00 am:

  • Rideau Street, west of Sussex Drive
  • Wellington Street, eastbound from Bank Street
  • Metcalfe Street, northbound from Queen Street
  • Queen Street, Metcalfe Street to Elgin Street
  • Elgin Street, northbound from Albert Street

City of Ottawa - Remembrance Day Schedule Changes

For more information concerning the National Remembrance Ceremony, please contact contact Kelly Therien at 613-591-3335 ext: 240 or ktherien@legion.ca.

Wreaths are available for purchase through the Legion.