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Canada: Lest We Forget

Communities big and small across Canada are staging Remembrance Day ceremonies to honour Canadians who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

One of the biggest events is being held at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, where Governor General David Johnston will be among the dignitaries laying wreaths at the site.

The ceremony will include a military parade, a gun salute and prayers.

Among those in attendance is Roxanne Priede, who is this year's National Silver Cross Mother. Her son, Master Corporal Darrell Jason Priede, died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in 2007.

Every year the Royal Canadian Legion picks a National Silver Cross Mother to attend the national service in Ottawa on behalf of all Canadian mothers who have lost children in the service to their country.

In Halifax, hundreds of people packed the city's Grand Parade square under cool and cloudless skies for a Remembrance Day ceremony.

Men and women in uniform were among those who donned warm winter attire and sported poppies at the ceremony.

The sound of canons blasting from the city's Citadel Hill emanated throughout the square as wreaths were laid on a war memorial.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who is wrapping an Asian trade mission, marked Remembrance Day in Hong Kong earlier today at a cemetery where 283 Canadian soldiers are buried.

Harper and his wife placed wreaths at the base of the Sai Wan memorial which commemorates those who were killed in the battle of Hong Kong, one of the most catastrophic episodes in Canadian military history.

The Canadian Press


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