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Soldiers honoured in Remembrance Day services in Ottawa, across Canada

Everyone from everyday Canadians to dignitaries will attend Remembrance Day events today in Ottawa and across Canada to honour those who lost their lives while serving their country.

The most prominent event is in Ottawa, where Gov. Gen David Johnston and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are among those attending a special service at the National War Memorial.

In a statement, the prime minister urged Canadians to reflect on the sacrifices of those who died.

“Time may fade, but our memories cannot. We all have a duty to hold the torch high, and to keep its flame alight. Liberty’s cause beats deeply within our hearts, and every generation of Canadians has answered the call to serve,” said Trudeau.

Traditionally, tens of thousands of people gather around the memorial on Nov. 11.

CBC News will provide coverage of this year’s ceremony.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lays a wreath as Sophie Grégoire Trudeau looks on as they take part in the National Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Friday. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

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Colleen Fitzpatrick place a wreath at the National War Memorial on behalf of all Canadian mothers with a child in the military who died in the line of duty. Her son, Cpl. Darren Fitzpatrick, died in Afghanistan in 2010 when he stepped on an explosive device. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

You can watch a special, hosted by CBC’s chief correspondent, Peter Mansbridge, starting at 10 a.m. ET on CBC News Network and live on CBCNews.ca.

Listen to our CBC News Remembrance Day special hosted by Susan Bonner on CBC Radio One.

A British Columbia woman who lost a son during the conflict in Afghanistan has been picked as this year’s Silver Cross Mother.

Colleen Fitzpatrick will place a wreath at the National War Memorial on behalf of all Canadian mothers with a child in the military who died in the line of duty.

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Her son, Cpl. Darren Fitzpatrick, died in Afghanistan in 2010 when he stepped on an explosive device.

In all, some 1,400 communities will hold ceremonies remembering those who served the country.

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(CBC)

Article source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/remembrance-day-canada-ottawa-national-war-memorial-1.3846939?cmp=rss