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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.