On the north lawn of Queen's Park in Toronto, hundreds gathered to pay tribute and honour Canada's forgotten men and women, who lost their lives fighting in the wars and many battles since World War I.
In the classic 1930s Busby Berkeley motion picture “Gold Diggers of 1933,” the tune “Remember My Forgotten Man” is played and depicts the soldiers who go overseas to fight in wars as forgotten men.
“Remember my forgotten man. You put a rifle in his hand. You sent him far away. You shouted: "Hip-hooray!" But look at him today.”
For one day of the year on Nov. 11, Canadians come together to thank those who have risked their lives, whether it was in World Wars I & II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War or the present war in Afghanistan.
All over Canada, millions of people took a moment out of their busy day and remembered the fallen on Remembrance Day. Even in the city of Toronto, where everyone is on the go and in a rush to be somewhere, Toronto Transit Commission vehicles paused for two minutes.
There were a number of events across Toronto, but the extravagant ceremonies took place outside of Old City Hall and at Queen’s Park (both in front of the Ontario Legislature and Queen’s Park’s north lawn facing Avenue Road).
A new Ipsos Reid poll found that more Canadians are paying their respects to the fallen soldiers. The study found that 30 percent of respondents planned to attend a Remembrance Day memorial, which is up from as low as 16 percent in previous years. The number of individuals who planned to observe two minutes of silence also increased.
Tears were shed, the music was played, weaponry shots were heard and admiration was given. Indeed, Canada’s forgotten men and women were remembered on Sunday.