On November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m., the First World War came to an end. It lasted over four years, killed or injured nearly 30 million military personnel and devastated some of the world’s biggest empires. It changed the future of people, countries and continents.
Canada’s contribution was significant, unprecedented and costly. The country came out proud and victorious, heading towards national autonomy within the British Commonwealth, while mourning the loss or injury of 250,000 Canadians.
Throughout November, we invite you to join us to REMEMBER.
The Canadian War Museum is the ideal place to learn more about Canada’s military history and remember Canadians’ service, sacrifice and loss.
How will you remember? Let us know on Facebook or on Twitter. #RemembranceDay
Remembrance Day Program (November 11th)
|Activity||Time & Location||Description|
|Make a Poppy||10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
|In our Remembrance Day family activity, create your own poppy from felt and buttons. And, as you make your poppy, learn about the history and legacy of this bold red flower and its association with Remembrance.|
|Broadcast of the Official Remembrance Day Ceremony from the National War Memorial||10 a.m. (in English)
10:30 a.m. (in French)
Barney Danson Theatre
|Memorial Hall Visitation and Webcast||10:40 a.m.
|On Remembrance Day, at exactly 11 a.m., sunlight shines through a single window in Memorial Hall to frame the headstone representing Canada’s Unknown Soldier. A limited number of free tickets will be available as of 9:30 a.m. at the Information Desk. No reservations are permitted. This moving event will also be broadcast within the Museum and streamed live at warmuseum.ca/remember. Tickets available at 9:30 a.m.|
|The Commonwealth War Graves Commission||10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
|Are you related to a Commonwealth soldier who died in one of the two World Wars? Have you ever wondered where he or she is commemorated? Staff from the Canadian Agency of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission will help you access the Debt of Honour Register and search for their location of commemoration.|
|Royal Canadian Mint Coin Exchange||10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
|Be among the first in Canada to collect the Royal Canadian Mint’s new 2015 In Flanders Fields $2 coin. Bring your loose change and trade it in at face value for $2 circulation coin honouring the 100th anniversary of In Flanders Fields by Canadian Lt. Col. John McCrae. You’ll also be able to pick up the new 25-cent commemorative circulation coin featuring an artistic interpretation of the poppy.|
|Remembrance Day Tours||10 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.
Register in the Main Lobby
|This special tour highlights the areas of the Museum that touch on Remembrance, including Memorial Hall, Regeneration Hall and the Royal Canadian Legion Hall of Honour.|
|Witness to History||10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Throughout the Museum
|Veterans, expert civilians and currently serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces will be sharing their stories and experiences throughout the Museum on Remembrance Day.|