Loading articles...

Newly installed Gov. Gen. Julie Payette attends national Remembrance service

Governor General Julie Payette places a wreath during Remembrance Day ceremonies at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

OTTAWA – A crowd of hundreds gathered under a clear sky in the biting cold in Ottawa this morning for a Remembrance Day service at the National War Memorial.

Gov. Gen. Julie Payette, in her first Remembrance Day since becoming commander-in-chief of Canada’s armed forces, laid the first wreath at the event.

Canadians are pausing across the country _ and around the world _ to reflect on the sacrifices made in past and present conflicts.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did not attend this year’s national service, instead taking part in a ceremony of remembrance in Vietnam, where he’s attending the APEC leaders summit.

He marked the day by reciting a poem and singing the national anthem alongside Canadian military personnel.

Later, Payette will host a luncheon in honour of this year’s national Silver Cross Mother, Diana Abel, who lost her son, Cpl. Michael David Abel, while serving in Somalia in 1993.

Join the conversation

Please read our commenting policies