National War Memorial Ottawa locaetd in downtown Ottawa, blocks away from the Lord Elgin Hotel and Elgin Street. Remembrance day ceremonies happen here every year on November 11th.

National War Memorial Ottawa

Remembrance Day

Lord Elgin Hotel & Canada’s Military

The Lord Elgin Hotel holds a special place in its heart for our fallen soldiers and its history is closely interwoven with that of our military. From our view overlooking the National War Memorial, we are reminded every day of the thousands of men and women who sacrificed their lives fighting for freedom and democracy during the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean Conflict, during peacekeeping missions, and today in Afghanistan in the war on terror.

Each year since its opening, the hotel has hosted thousands of soldiers – those on active duty and veterans, as they come to Ottawa on military business, or to join with others to remember those we have lost fighting for our country. We have had the honor of hosting some of our most decorated soldiers year after year as they made their pilgrimages to Ottawa and then on to sites overseas where they fought major battles on behalf of Canada and her allies in years past.

The Lord Elgin welcomes all active military and veterans to stay with us over the dates of November 10 and 11
at a special rate of $115 plus taxes.




The National Remembrance Day Ceremony in Ottawa


Each year on November 11, the Royal Canadian Legion hosts the National Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa to commemorate the men and women who have served in Canada’s military. The ceremony starts at approximately 10:45 a.m. with the arrival of dignitaries such as the Prime Minister, the Governor General of Canada, and the Silver Cross Mother – a woman whose child has died while serving in the military. Additional programming includes the national anthem, two minutes of silence, a wreath-laying ceremony, and a  fly-past (weather permitting).


Watch the Ceremony on TV or online

Ceremony Program Schedule

Ceremony starts at approximately 10:30 am.

– Veterans’ March
– Arrival of Dignitaries
– O Canada
– Last Post
– First Gun
– (11:00 am) Two Minutes of Silence
– Second Gun
– Lament
– Rouse
– Act of Remembrance
– 21 Gun Salute
– Prayers
– Placing of Wreaths
– Benediction
– God Save the King
– March-off
– Dignitaries depart and ceremony concludes

All Canadian Veterans are invited to participate as a member of the Veterans’ Marching Contingent, as part of the National Remembrance Day Ceremony and parade.

  • The Veterans’ Contingent is under the command of Chief Petty Officer 1st class (ret’d) Jake McDavid.
  • Veterans will form up at 10:10 a.m. in front of the Chateau Laurier, located at 1 Rideau Street, with step off at 10:30 a.m.
  • The ceremony concludes with a Veterans’ march-past at 11:30 a.m.
  • Veterans to wear civilian dress with medals.  Standard parade protocol is in effect.

Our restaurant FortyOne will be open for lunch on November 11th

Statue of Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae

Located next to the National Artillery Memorial, just east of Parliament Hill, the Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae Statue honours the man behind the famous WWI poem In Flanders Fields. The sculpture done by Ruth Abernethy portrays McCrae on a broken tree branch, looking up just after he signs his name on what would become a very famous poem. The statue marks the hundredth anniversary of McCrae’s verses.

McCrae wrote the timeless lines to comfort himself after the burial of his close friend Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, a member of the Hull-based (now Gatineau, Québec) Zion Presbyterian Church who died at the Second Battle of Ypres on May 2, 1915. He was just 22-years-old.

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National War Memorial

The National War Memorial

The National War Memorial, also known as “The Response,” is a cenotaph symbolizing the sacrifice of all Canadian Armed Forces personnel who have served Canada in times of war in the cause of peace and freedom–past, present and future. The memorial is the site of the national Remembrance Day Ceremony on November 11.

The National War Memorial was first unveiled in 1939 to commemorate the response of Canadians in the First World War 1914-1918. Over the years, the memorial has come to symbolize the sacrifice of all Canadians who have served Canada in time of war and was rededicated to their honor.

In 1918 the armistice that ended World War I came into force, bringing to an end four years of hostilities that saw 60,000 Canadians die at sea, in the air, and on foreign soil. The war to end all wars ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. On that day each year, Canadians are asked to pause and remember the thousands of men and women who sacrificed their lives fighting for freedom and democracy.

Remembrance Day Resources & Events:

  1. Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (in Vimy, France)
  2. Royal Canadian Legion
  3. Canadian War Museum
  4. Canadian Normandy Memorial: Juno Beach Project
  5. WWII British Commonwealth Air Training Plan: CATP Air Museum (Brandon, MB)

Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

– John McCrae