Canada honours its war dead with Remembrance Day services across the country

Associated Press

OTTAWA - Communities big and small across Canada are staging Remembrance Day ceremonies to honour Canadians who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

The main service is the National Remembrance Day Ceremony in Ottawa.

Governor General David Johnston will lead the dignitaries, Prime Minister Harper took part in services in Hong Kong this morning where he is wrapping up an Asian trade trip.

This year's National Silver Cross Mother is Roxanne Priede.

Her son, Master Corporal Darrell Jason Priede, died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in 2007.

Every year the Royal Canadian Legion picks a National Silver Cross Mother to attend the national service in Ottawa on behalf of all Canadian mothers who have lost children in the service to their country.

An Ipsos Reid poll last week found that 30 per cent of respondents to an online survey were planning to attend Remembrance Day ceremonies today — up eight percentage points from two years ago.

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