Thousands of people headed to the National War Memorial to attend the 2015 Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa.
The ceremony honours Canadian veterans who served during the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean War, and the war in Afghanistan.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau laid a wreath at the base of the memorial on behalf of the people of Canada. It was his first Remembrance Day ceremony as prime minister.
“We have an obligation to our country’s women and men in uniform, our veterans, and their families. As a government, we will honour this social covenant with the respect and gratitude it deserves,” Trudeau wrote in a statement.
Governor General David Johnson, Veteran’s Affairs Minister Kent Hehr, and Silver Cross Mother Sheila Anderson also laid wreaths during the ceremony.
Global News reporters will also be reporting live from the ceremony in Ottawa and across the country. You can follow that coverage in the live blog below.
Two years ago, Global News reporters profiled Canadian soldiers suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and their struggles navigating Veterans Affairs and National Defence in order to get help. This year, we revisited them.
Some of our subjects made progress. The military is also trying to reduce stigma associated with PTSD and National Defence and Veterans Affairs are working more closely to better help soldiers leaving the military.
Other soldiers are still struggling with symptoms.
The Poppy Map
Thousands of Canadians fought and died overseas over the last century of war and some were likely from your neighbourhood. Global News has used publicly available data to map out where Canadian soldiers were from, down to the street.
Social media silence
This year, as citizens across the country pause to reflect on the sacrifices of Canadian Armed Forces members both abroad and at home, Global News social media accounts will also observe two minutes of silence.
Global News Twitter and Facebook accounts across the country will fall silent for two minutes at 11 a.m. EST during the ceremony at Ottawa’s War Memorial. Local newsrooms outside the Eastern time zone will also fall silent on social media for two minutes at 11 a.m. local time.