Here are some of Ottawa’s Remembrance Day events happening before or on November 11th.
Virtual Poppy Drop
Every evening until November 11th on Parliament Hill, 117,000 falling poppies will be projected onto the Peace Tower and Centre Block. Each poppy represents a fallen Canadian soldier. The show runs between 6:30pm and 9:30pm.
The World Remembers
Ottawa’s Government Conference Centre on Rideau Street once was the cities union station. It was here that many soldiers caught trains to distant lands from which they never came back. As part of the worldwide The World Remembers Project, the side of the building will display the names of fallen soldiers for 11.5 hours a day leading up to remembrance day. The names will also be projected at the Canadian War Museum. You can find the exact moment that a name will be displayed in your area on their website.
Kipnes Lantern Display
Taking place November 5th-11th from 10pm until 7am, the NAC’s Kipnes Lantern – the new glass tower that was built in their recent renovation – will shine bright with symbols of remembrance. It will display images of men and women who served us in the First World War, right across from the National War Memorial.
National Remembrance Day Ceremony
This annual ceremony takes place at the National War Memorial downtown and will begin around 9am, ending at 12pm. Events include the Veterans Parade, Wreath Laying Ceremony, the National Anthem and two minutes of silence. The ceremony will also be televised.
Remembrance Day at the Canadian War Museum
You can buy tickets to attend this special event on November 11th. The main event will take place in the Memorial Hall. At exactly 11:00am, a ray of sunlight will shine upon the headstone of the grave of Canada’s Unknown Soldier. There will also be other activities within the rest of the museum that the whole family can take part in.