National Remembrance Day ceremony to mark 80th anniversary of Dieppe Raid


While this year’s national Remembrance Day ceremony at the War Memorial in Ottawa will not feature the Prime Minister, a full morning of programs honoring those who served in the Canadian military will take place in the capital today. today.

CBC News will mark Remembrance Day on Friday with special coverage from Ottawa, starting at 10 a.m. ET. To find all the details here.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau left Thursday to attend a series of summits in Asia and Africa. Governor General Mary Simon will attend this year’s ceremony with National Silver Cross Mother, Candy Greff.

Greff’s son, Master Cpl. Byron Greff, was the last Canadian soldier to die in Afghanistan. He was killed on October 29, 2011 when a suicide bomber detonated a car packed with explosives near the NATO armored bus he was traveling in.

“I’m honored to represent those who know what it’s like to lose a child, the pain, the daily struggle, but you do it for your child,” Greff said in a statement.

Candy told the Royal Canadian Legion that she hopes to inspire young people to remember what many Canadian families lost in Afghanistan.

“I hope more children will understand the meaning of the ultimate sacrifice,” she said.

The ceremony will feature the anthem God Save the King for the first time since the Queen’s death. It will also include a special flypast of vintage military aircraft over Parliament Hill, with each aircraft painted in honor of a Canadian veteran.

Vintage aircraft participating in the flypast will include:

  • A P-51 Mustang, which will be painted in honor of Larry and Rocky Robillard, who flew with the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 422 Squadron during World War II.
  • A British Hawker Hurricane, which will honor Flying Officer William Lidstone McKnight, who served with No. 242 Squadron, Royal Air Force.
  • A Supermarine Spitfire MK XII, which will be painted in honor of Arnold Roseland, a Canadian pilot who flew 65 times with RCAF 442 Squadron before being shot down and killed over Normandy in 1944.

“Each of these aircraft played an important role in supporting ground troops during World War II, including the ill-fated 1942 raid on the heavily defended French port. [at Dieppe]“said the Royal Canadian Legion in a press release.

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid, a battle that claimed the lives of more than 900 Canadian soldiers. It is often described as the bloodiest day of the war for the Canadian army.

To mark this anniversary, a showcase will be placed at the foot of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa containing a Red Ensign flag recovered on the Dieppe beach in 1942 by an American soldier. It was kept by his family for decades before being recently donated to the Royal Canadian Legion.

The flag was 70 years old when it appeared on the battlefield. No one knows for sure how he got to Dieppe.

How to follow Remembrance Day through CBC


Chief Political Correspondent Rosemary Barton will host coverage of the National War Memorial in Ottawa.

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


Join Matt Galloway and Global Reportby Marcia Young as they lead the Remembrance Day ceremony at the National War Memorial in the nation’s capital, starting at 10:55 a.m., 11:55 a.m. Atlantic and 12:25 p.m. in Newfoundland.

Coverage will include a moment of silence and the laying of a wreath by this year’s Silver Cross Mother – who speaks with The stream‘s Galloway about his son.

On line

You can see Barton’s coverage on CBC Gem or the CBC News app. will broadcast the events live and have regular online coverage updates.


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