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Communities across Canada hold solemn Remembrance Day tributes

Communities across Canada hold solemn Remembrance Day tributes
From CBC - November 11, 2017

Canadians across the country and around the world today willreflect on the sacrifices made in past and present conflicts.

For Julie Payette, today marks the first Remembrance Day service she attends since becoming Governor General and Canada's commander-in-chief.

Payette joins veterans and other dignitaries at the national ceremony, held each year at the National War Memorial in Ottawa.

WatchCBC'sRemembranceDay Special with Rosemary Barton and IanHanomansing in the player above and onCBC-TV, CBCNews Network and YouTube from 10 a.m. to noon ET. Or follow the ceremony on Twitter.

Later, Payette will host a luncheon in honour of this year's national Silver Cross Mother, Diana Abel, who lost her son, Corporal Michael David Abel, on May 3, 1993, during Operation Deliverance, in Belet Huen, Somalia.

Passchendaele

Special attention is also being paid this year to several key battles from the First and Second World Wars, including the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele, which ended on Nov. 10, 1917.

More than 4,000 Canadians were killed and 12,000 were wounded in Passchendaele, which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau described as a symbol of the worst horrors of the First World War.

"Our soldiers fought an impossible fight with perseverance, valourand commitment to a greater cause," Trudeau said in a statement issued Friday.

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