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Remembrance Day is a time to remember Canada's fallen soldiers, those who sacrificed their lives for the freedom and peace we have today. Every year, veterans, residents and visitors gather in the capital region for several special events and ceremonies to commemorate the fallen. 


If you're visiting Ottawa this November, don't miss out on learning about a piece of Canadian history, and attend these moving Remembrance Day events. 


Virtual Poppy Drop on Parliament Hill

Each evening from Oct. 25-Nov. 11th, 117,000 falling poppies will be projected onto the iconic Peace Tower and Centre Block buildings at Parliament Hill, to represent each one of Canada's fallen soldiers.


A Time to Remember at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum

From Nov. 2-3, the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum presents special programming to honour veterans by offering families a deeper understanding of Canada's wartime history. Guests can see a concert performance by two of Canada's foremost military bands, assemble a commemorative collection of wartime poetry, create prints of Canadian military scenes to take home, and view authentic items used by pilots in the First and Second World War. Entrance is included with museum admission. 


National Remembrance Day Ceremony

Every year, tens of thousands of people participate in the national Remembrance Day ceremony in downtown Ottawa, hosted by the Royal Canadian Legion. From 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM, the Virtual Wall of Honour and Remembrance is displayed on large screens, depicting photographs of brave veterans who have passed. 


Afterwards, the Veterans Parade begins from Parliament Hill to the National War Memorial, followed by the arrival of the Prime Minister, the Governor-General of Canada, and the Silver Cross Mother – a woman whose child has died while serving in the military. 


Additional programming includes the national anthem, two minutes of silence, and a wreath-laying ceremony. Throughout the day, spectators are encouraged to remove poppies from their coats and place them on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. 


Check out the full programming for the National Remembrance Day Ceremony. For those who can't make it in person, the event is also broadcast nationally on television and on the Legion’s Facebook page.


If you're in the heart of the city, choose Best Western Ottawa City Centre for many comfortable room options and impressive amenities. We're only a quick drive away from all of these Remembrance Day activities. Book your stay today.

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