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Remembrance Day, November 11

Every year on November 11, Canadians acknowledge the courage and sacrifice of those who served their country during times of war, military conflict and peace.

City of Toronto services marking Remembrance Day take place at Old City Hall and at each of the Civic Centres across Toronto: East York, Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough and York. Services are also held at Fort York. The public is invited to attend these events.

Mayor John Tory proclaims Veterans' Week in the City of Toronto (November 5 – 11).

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Community organizations also organize services across the city, as does the Province of Ontario.

For those unable to attend, the Remembrance Day Service at Old City Hall will be live streamed on the City of Toronto You Tube channel.

To learn about what these brave men and women endured in the War, visit the virtual exhibit, Canada and the First World War at the Canadian War Museum. The site allows visitors to view photographs of Canadian troops in the trenches, period artwork and recruitment posters, and browse through a host of archival material, from original maps of the Western Front to soldiers' diaries and letters home.


Vigile 1914-1918 Vigil

In 2008, to mark the 90th anniversary of the end of World War I, the City of Toronto - along with Fredericton, Halifax, Regina, Edmonton, and the Canadian Embassy in London England, participated in Vigile 1914-1918 Vigil. From sunset on November 4 to sunrise of Remembrance Day, the names of all 68,000 soldiers who died in World War I were projected onto the East Tower of City Hall.


Photo at left: Old City Hall fly-by of vintage World War Two planes in 'missing man formation'