At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, Canadians paused at memorials and cenotaphs across the country and around the world to silently remember those who gave their lives in conflict and to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.
The solemn ceremonies, punctuated by tolling bells and 21-gun salutes, tears of remembrance and speeches of thanks, were part of global commemorations recalling the end of hostilities in what was supposed to be the “war to end all wars.”
Remembrance Day ceremonies dotted cities and communities large and small across Canada on Sunday.
More than 66,000 Canadians died on the battlefields of Europe during the First World War when Canada was a young country of only eight million people.
The armistice, signed by German and Allied generals at 5 a.m. in Compiègne, France, came into effect six hours later, at 11 a.m. The Great War was the conflict that began Remembrance Day commemorations, originally observed in Canada as Armistice Day.
Photos: George Manos