Scaled-down ceremonies mark Remembrance Day across Canada

Remembrance Day

Canadians are being encouraged to stay home this morning while they mark the service and sacrifice of those who have given their lives to defend the country.
     
The solemnity of Remembrance Day is butting up against the threat posed by COVID-19.
     
The Royal Canadian Legion is explicitly discouraging Canadians from attending Remembrance Day ceremonies in person this year and instead asking people to watch on TV or online.
     
The legion is promising to include many of the traditional elements of the ceremonies, such as the playing of the Last Post, the singing of In Flanders Fields, and flybys of military aircraft.
     
There will also be a special emphasis on the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War after many commemorations planned for earlier this year in Europe and elsewhere were cancelled because of the pandemic.
     
But most observances of Canada's wartime sacrifices are expected to be extremely small, including in Ottawa, where the legion is planning to have only 100 people in place of the 30,000 who normally turn out for the national ceremony.