On the brisk morning of Nov. 11, hundreds gathered at Old City Hall, in Toronto, to commemorate the fallen.
At the annual Remembrance Day service, veterans, families of soldiers and supporters made a pilgrimage to the cenotaph to pay their respects and remember those who sacrificed their lives in war.
The cross-generational importance of the day was underscored by the war poem “In Flanders Fields,” recited by two young cadets and 95-year-old navy veteran, Janet Watt. At the 11th hour, the crowds that occupied the closed streets bowed their heads for a moment of silence. Mayor John Tory, among the speakers at the service, highlighted the sacrifices made by Canadians in recent and past wars. The solemn ceremony began and closed with a procession. Women and men in uniform marched on Queen Street carrying flags, accompanied by the 7th Regiment Band.
Once the service was over, attendees closed in on the cenotaph to add their poppies to the rows of wreaths that rested in front of it.