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article imageOntario officials honour the sacrifice made by Canada's veterans Special

By Andrew Moran     Nov 11, 2011 in World
Toronto - Thousands gathered at Queen's Park to honour the millions who have sacrificed their lives to serve their country in the midst of war, international conflicts and peacekeeping missions. Ontario officials thanked the nation's veterans on Remembrance Day.
Throughout Canada and around the world, millions of Canadians are remembering the fallen soldiers who sacrificed their lives all the way from WWI to the present wars in Afghanistan and Libya.
There were a dozen or so events in the Greater Toronto Area where the general public paid their respects to those who have served and currently serve in Canada’s Armed Forces. From Old City Hall to the Mount Pleasant Cemetery to Queen’s Park, tens of thousands of individuals sported the Poppy.
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.
Speaking on the front lawn of the Ontario Legislature in front of the Veterans’ Memorial to more than 1,000 people, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty urged everyone to think about what Canada’s military personnel have sacrificed since 1914. He also stressed the importance for future generations to commemorate Remembrance Day.
“Our veterans deserve our deepest gratitude. Not just today, but every day. Not just in words, but in actions,” said McGuinty, who sat with Major-General Richard Rohmer (Retired). “We will never take our freedoms for granted. We will ensure your legacy lives on and spend the rest of our days honouring and remembering our heroes.”
“Remembrance Day used to mean looking at old black and white photos of our fallen. Today, some Canadians are looking at Facebook photos of our fallen. They hurt, they grieve and they make a quiet promise: we will always remember you.”
Brigadier-General F.A. Lewis delivers a speech in front of the Veterans  Memorial at Queen s Park.
Brigadier-General F.A. Lewis delivers a speech in front of the Veterans' Memorial at Queen's Park.
McGuinty further added that the world faces its toughest economic challenges since World War II, but said that we should be inspired from veterans who went to war and returned home to work again, raise families and contribute to the overall quality of life.
Meanwhile, Major-General Rohmer thanked the crowd for coming to Friday’s Remembrance Day ceremony. While noting that the P-51 Mustang fighter that he flew on D-Day is engraved on the monument, Rohmer said that the old, middle-aged and younger veterans have had a “hand in the creation of this fabulous country.”
He also commended the premier for his work with veterans and for constructing the Veterans’ Memorial.
The premier shook hands with the crowd and took photographs with his constituents.
Major-General Richard Rohmer (Retired) delivers speech in front of the Veterans  Memorial at Queen s...
Major-General Richard Rohmer (Retired) delivers speech in front of the Veterans' Memorial at Queen's Park.
Old City Hall Ceremony
As always, more than 5,000 Torontonians gathered at Queen and Bay Streets in front of the Cenotaph at Old City Hall.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford delivered his remarks, but during his speech he was being heckled by a member in the crowd. Later, a gentleman attempted to breach security and give the mayor a piece of his mind.
The 58-year-old man and the 55-year-old woman were arrested and taken into custody. They were transported to 52 Division, according to the Toronto Sun.
City Councillor Josh Matlow told the news outlet that the protest was “completely inappropriate.”
Canadian flag at Queen s Park.
Canadian flag at Queen's Park.
Canadian soldier holding his gun in front of the Veterans  Memorial.
Canadian soldier holding his gun in front of the Veterans' Memorial.
Group of Canadian soldiers.
Group of Canadian soldiers.
Major-General Richard Rohmer (Retired) delivers speech in front of the Veterans  Memorial at Queen s...
Major-General Richard Rohmer (Retired) delivers speech in front of the Veterans' Memorial at Queen's Park.
Canada s young cadets recite the oath.
Canada's young cadets recite the oath.
Ontario cabinet secretary  Shelly Jamieson
Ontario cabinet secretary, Shelly Jamieson
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty speaking with a distinguished guest at the Remembrance Day ceremony ...
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty speaking with a distinguished guest at the Remembrance Day ceremony at Queen's Park.
Wreaths at the Veterans  Memorial at Queen s Park.
Wreaths at the Veterans' Memorial at Queen's Park.
A couple laying a wreath in front of the Veterans  Memorial at Queen s Park.
A couple laying a wreath in front of the Veterans' Memorial at Queen's Park.
The Veterans  Memorial at Queen s Park.
The Veterans' Memorial at Queen's Park.
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