Ξ November 11th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Canada, events, holiday(s), image, Ontario, Photography, webcam |
A Canadian serviceman leans on the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier to place his Poppy following Remembrance Day ceremonies in Ottawa on Tuesday. (Tom Hanson/Canadian Press)
“Thousands of people braved grey skies and damp winds to crowd around the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Tuesday to pay tribute to Canada’s war heroes in the country’s largest Remembrance Day ceremony.
The day marked the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War, which ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. Ottawa’s ceremony paid special tribute to that war…”
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…More than 100,000 Canadians soldiers have died in various conflicts since 1899, including:
- More than 240 in the Boer War.
- More than 66,000 in the First World War.
- More than 44,000 in the Second World War.
- 516 in the Korean War.
- 121 in peacekeeping missions.
- 97 in Afghanistan.
The last living Canadian veteran of WWI is John Babcock, age 108.
Mr. Babcock participated in Ottawa’s ceremony by video conference, “passing” a lit torch, a reference to Lt.-Col. John McCrae’s famous poem, In Flanders Fields.
“We must never forget our fallen comrades. I pass this torch of remembrance to my comrades. Hold it high,” Babcock said.