National Remembrance Day ceremony will mark 80th anniversary of Dieppe raid


While this yr’s nationwide Remembrance Day ceremony on the conflict memorial in Ottawa will not function the prime minister, a full morning of programming honouring those that have served in Canada’s army will unfold within the capital at present.

CBC News will be marking Remembrance Day on Friday with particular protection from Ottawa, beginning at 10 a.m. ET. Find all the small print right here.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau left Thursday to attend a collection of summits in Asia and Africa. Gov. Gen. Mary Simon will attend this yr’s ceremony within the firm of National Silver Cross Mother Candy Greff.

Greff’s son, Master Cpl. Byron Greff, was the final Canadian soldier to die in Afghanistan. He was killed on Oct. 29, 2011 when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive-filled automotive close to the armoured NATO bus by which he was travelling.

“I’m honoured to characterize those that know what it feels prefer to lose a toddler, the ache, the every day battle, however you do it in your youngster,” Greff mentioned in a media assertion.

Candy advised the Royal Canadian Legion that she hopes that she will be able to encourage younger folks to recollect what many Canadian households misplaced in Afghanistan.

“I hope that extra children will come to understand the that means of the last word sacrifice,” she mentioned.

The ceremony will function the anthem God Save the King for the primary time for the reason that Queen’s dying. It additionally will embody a particular flypast of classic army plane over Parliament Hill, with every plane painted to honour a Canadian veteran. 

The classic planes collaborating within the flypast will embody:

  • A P-51 Mustang, which will be painted to honour Larry and Rocky Robillard, who flew with the Royal Canadian Air Force 422 Squadron in the course of the Second World War.
  • A British Hawker Hurricane, which will honour Flying Officer William Lidstone McKnight, who served with the Royal Air Force No. 242 squadron.
  • A Supermarine Spitfire MK XII, which will be painted to honour Arnold Roseland, a Canadian pilot who  flew 65 instances with RCAF 442 squadron earlier than being shot down and killed over Normandy in 1944.

“Each of these planes performed a major function supporting troops on the bottom in the course of the Second World War, together with the ill-fated 1942 raid on the closely defended French port [at Dieppe],” the Royal Canadian Legion mentioned in a media assertion. 

This yr marks the 80th anniversary of the Dieppe raid, a battle that claimed the lives of greater than 900 Canadian troopers. It’s typically described because the Canadian army’s bloodiest day of the conflict.

To mark the anniversary, a glass case will be positioned on the foot of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa containing a Red Ensign flag recovered from the seashore at Dieppe in 1942 by an American soldier. It was saved by his household for many years earlier than it was donated just lately to the Royal Canadian Legion.

The flag was 70 years outdated when it appeared on the battlefield. No one is aware of for sure the way it received to Dieppe.

How to observe Remembrance Day throughout CBC


Chief political correspondent Rosemary Barton will host protection from the National War Memorial in Ottawa.

You can watch on CBC News Network or CBC TV beginning at 10 a.m. throughout most of Canada, 11 a.m. Atlantic and 11:30 a.m. in Newfoundland.


Join Matt Galloway and World Report‘s Marcia Young as they host the Remembrance Day ceremony from the National War Memorial within the nation’s capital, starting at 10:55 a.m., 11:55 a.m. Atlantic and 12:25 p.m. in Newfoundland.

Coverage will embody a moment of silence and the laying of a wreath by this yr’s Silver Cross Mother — who speaks with The Current‘s Galloway about her son.


You can catch Barton’s protection on CBC Gem or on the CBC News app. will livestream the occasions and have common updates to the net protection.


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