By Adenieke Lewis-Gibbs and Grant Vassos 

Across the country on Sunday, Canadians came together to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War and to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defence of the nation.

In Ottawa, at the National War Memorial, the sound of trumpets and cannon fire echoed across a silent and respectful crowd of hundreds who came to recognize the fallen and the unforgotten and to applaud the veterans themselves.

Remembrance Day is full of traditions — from the national anthem, two minutes of silence, to the Last Post and readings, to the placing of poppies on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the end of the ceremony.

With Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in France with other world leaders marking the end of the First World War, Gov. Gen. Julie Payette, in a naval officer’s uniform accompanied this year’s Silver Cross Mother, Anita Cenerini, who lost her son to suicide after serving in Afghanistan. 

Sentries were on guard in front of the National War Memorial. [Photo © Grant Vassos]
Veterans and family members wait for the start of the ceremony. The legion provided red blankets to veterans to help keep them warm on the cold morning. [Photo © Grant Vassos]
Five Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornets performed the traditional fly past.
[Photo © Grant Vassos]
Gov. Gen. Julie Payette, left, stands next to this year’s Silver Cross Mother Anita Cenerini on the podium, as Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, center, and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, far right,  wait for the March Off. [Photo © Grant Vassos]
Canadian Forces members march to the centre of the memorial.
[Photo © Grant Vassos]
Wreaths were placed on the steps of the National War Memorial. 
[Photo © Grant Vassos]
Bagpipers play a lament to honour fallen soldiers. [Photo © Adenieke Lewis-Gibbs]
Members in traditional uniform on the march. [Photo © Adenieke Lewis-Gibbs]
Veterans were welcomed and thanked by an appreciative crowd. [Photo © Adenieke Lewis-Gibbs]
Soldiers salute during the playing of the national anthem. [Photo © Grant Vassos]
The ceremony drew hundreds of spectators. Crowds started gathering in the cold before 8 a.m. and stayed past 12 p.m. to watch the ceremony. [Photo © Adenieke Lewis-Gibbs]
One veteran holds a blanket with the Canadian flag on it. [Photo © Adenieke Lewis-Gibbs]
These medals were worn by Brig.-Gen. Guy Chapdelaine, the Chaplain General of the Canadian Armed Forces who was a speaker at the ceremony. [Photo © Grant Vassos]