Ontario commemorates Remembrance Day in socially distant ceremonies

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TORONTO — A small crowd gathered at a Toronto cenotaph to mark Remembrance Day in one of several pared-down ceremonies across the city.

While the event at Old City Hall was closed to the public, several bystanders – most of them wearing masks – gathered as city officials laid wreaths and paid respects to the country’s veterans.

Mayor John Tory noted that Toronto had been marking Remembrance Day at the cenotaph for 100 years, with the first ceremony taking place during another pandemic, the Spanish flu.

Also in Toronto, Premier Doug Ford and a small group of dignitaries and members of the military attended a service at Ontario’s legislature that was closed to the public but streamed online.

It paid tribute to the sacrifice of all veterans and featured the unveiling of a new memorial to those who served in Afghanistan.

The memorial includes a stone from an Inukshuk dedicated to soldiers who have died that was erected by Canadian military members at Kandahar Airfield.

At the Sunnybrook Veterans Centre in Toronto’s north end, 37,500 Canadian flags were planted outside of the hospital ward for its 375 veteran residents to look out on from their rooms.

Three CC-130J Hercules aircraft, from Canadian Forces Base Trenton, flew over the Highway of Heroes from Trenton, Ont., to Toronto at 11 a.m. local time to commemorate the fallen.

 

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