Remembrance Day ceremonies were held across the country on Nov. 11 to commemorate the sacrifice of Canada’s veterans who fought or lost their lives in military service.

The ceremony in Ottawa, which was attended by thousands of people, featured a veterans’ march, the performance of the national anthem and the Last Post, as well as observing two minutes of silence in remembrance of the armistice of World War I on Nov. 11, 1918.

“Remembrance is about more than battles or statistics. It’s about people. It’s about the specific courageous, kind, generous, heroic acts made by those who wear the uniform. It’s about the changing face of veterans—veterans who were peacekeepers or who fought in wars,” Gov. Gen. Mary Simon said in a statement.

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