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Quebecers mark Remembrance Day with ceremonies across province

Remembrance Day is a chance for Canadians to pay their respects to all the veterans who have fought for our freedom. Global’s Tim Sargeant learns about the importance of the historic day.

Quebecers are gathered at Remembrance Day ceremonies across the province to pay tribute to Canadians who died in the line of duty.

The commemorations were held in recognition of the contribution of soldiers who lost their lives while defending the country’s freedom and those who continue to serve Canada.

Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante asked citizens to participate in a moment of silence and to partake in daily gestures of peace in honour of veterans.

“At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month today, let’s take a moment together to remember silently the courage of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for us, for our future,” she wrote on social media.

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A commemoration was held at at 11 a.m. at Pointe-Claire’s National Field of Honour. The cemetery is not only solely reserved for veterans’ resting place, but serves as a place of honour for those who served Canada.

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Claude Lesage, the guest of honour, told the crowd that those beyond the front lines of war suffered in order to protect Canadians’ freedom and values.

“If we enjoy our quality of life unparalleled in this world, we owe a great deal to our military,” he said.

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In Montreal, there were several ceremonies, including at Place du Canada. A commemoration was also held at Outremont Park where dignitaries will lay wreaths at the park’s cenotaph.

A memorial service took place at Baron de Hirsch Cemetary on de la Savane Street.

Ceremonies were also held in other parts of the province. In Quebec City, a parade and ceremony took place at the Plains of Abraham.

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