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article imageRemembrance Day: Lest we forget, thousands honour the fallen Special

By Andrew Moran     Nov 11, 2010 in World
Toronto - Thousands gathered at Old City Hall in Toronto to remember and honour those who have perished during their fight in the numerous wars and those who still fight in the Canadian military forces.
Remembrance Day ceremonies were held at various venues and schools across the Greater Toronto Area to honour the fallen and pay tribute to the sacrifices that Canadian military personnel have made and continue to make on a daily basis.
On the eleventh month of the eleventh day of the 11th hour, millions of Canadians paid their respects and gratitude by standing for a moment silence in prayer and remembrance.
In Toronto, thousands of poppy-wearing Torontonians gathered at Old City Hall to commemorate the annual event. The city came to a screeching halt for two minutes as buses, streetcars and subways paused and the Toronto Transit Commission asked its passengers to “pause and reflect on the sacrifices for peace made by Canadians."
Wreaths at Old City Hall.
Wreaths at Old City Hall.
Toronto mayor david miller.
Toronto mayor david miller.
Mayor David Miller, Members of Parliament, City Councillors, members of the military and representatives of such organizations as the Toronto Emergency Medical Services, Association of French War Veterans, War Veterans of the Knights of Columbus, The Royal Canadian Mounted Police and much more remembered those who have perished by laying down wreaths.
“We in Toronto join grateful residents in more than 2,000 cities, towns and villages throughout Canada who gather at cenotaphs and memorials to remember those who gave their lives in service of their country,” said the retiring Mayor Miller.
“Sadly, in the year since we last gathered here, another 19 Canadian soldiers are among the men, women and children killed in wars and conflicts all over the world. Remembrance Day is not only about mourning our dead. It is a time to say thank you to all who have served Canada with distinction.”
Paying tribute to the perished.
Paying tribute to the perished.
Planes honouring Remembrance Day.
Planes honouring Remembrance Day.
The speech was followed by hymns, prayer and poetry, including Eternal Father, Flanders Field and Canada’s national anthem “O Canada.” The Toronto mayor also shook hands and took photographs with elementary school students.
Also in Toronto, Ontario Premier gave a speech in front of the Ontario Legislature at Queen’s Park where he assured the veterans that Ontarians will “never forget the sacrifice your generation made.”
Prior to the multiple ceremonies, the day began with a sunrise ceremony at the Prospect Cemetery – a cemetery where most of the dead from WWI and WWII are buried.
Presently, there are approximately 160,000 veterans left from World War Two. However, about 1,700 WWII veterans die each month and the average age of a WWII veteran is 87.
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