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Cheapflights.ca Remembers the FallenShares Its Top Places to Visit in Honour of Remembrance Day (November 09, 2011)
TORONTO -- (Marketwire) -- 11/09/11 -- This Friday, at 11am on 11/11/11, Canadians across the nation and around the world will observe two minutes of silence for the country's fallen soldiers from the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean War, the Afghanistan conflict and peacekeeping missions. Known as Remembrance Day, this annual holiday commemorates the bravery and sacrifices of the Canadian men and women who have served, and continue to serve their country during times of war, conflict and peace. As a tribute to Canadian soldiers, Cheapflights.ca, the online leader in publishing travel deals, has created its list of Top Places to Visit in Honour of Remembrance Day featuring five particularly meaningful locations both at home and abroad for Canadians marking this solemn but important tradition.
Below are three places from our list where Canadians can pay their respects and honour those, current and past, who have served and sacrificed during times of war and peace.
- National War Memorial, Ottawa - The national Remembrance Day celebration in Ottawa each November is an extensive and moving ceremony. Starting with the tolling of the carillon in the Peace Tower, this event features a parade of Canadian Force members entering the National War Memorial in Confederation Square followed by a host of diplomats, ministers of the Royal Crown, the Royal Canadian Legion and, finally, with a trumpet flourish, the Governor General of Canada. Two minutes of silence at exactly 11 o'clock are bookended by guns salutes. Other highlights include a fly over from the Royal Canadian Air Force and a chorus' rendition of the World War I poem, "In Flanders Fields". As the ceremony ends, the public comes forward to lay poppies, the symbol of Remembrance Day, on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which was dedicated in 2000 to honour all Canadian service members past, present and future who have or may sacrifice their lives in the name of their country. Search and compare cheap flights to Ottawa.
- Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - The Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon spends most of the year playing host to hockey games, bull riding competitions and events like Disney Live! However, on November 11, thousands stream into the sports and entertainment centre in the heart of Saskatchewan to pay homage to the Canadian armed forces who have died in the line of duty. Now in its 80th year, the Saskatoon event has become the largest indoor Remembrance Day ceremony in Canada. The pomp and circumstance starts at 9:30am with band and chorus performances, followed by bag pipers and an extensive military parade leading up to 11 o'clock chimes and two minutes of silence, punctuated by a bugler's rendition of the "Last Post". Search and compare cheap flights to Saskatoon.
- Canadian National Vimy Memorial, France - During World War I, the four divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, all serving as part of the British command, came together for the first time as a unified corps for the Battle of Vimy Ridge, beginning their tradition as one of the most effective fighting units on the Western Front. Their efforts on this battlefield became a symbol of Canadian solidarity as well as sacrifice and, after the war, France turned over use of a parcel of Vimy to Canada to honour those who were killed during the war. Visiting the memorial site brings home the experience and emotion of the time. It is one of the few places where the trenches from the war are still visible. The surrounding fields still carry live, buried munitions. The expansive memorial itself sits atop the highest point of the ridge, a prime vantage point in battle, and features tributes to peace, sympathy, mourning and sacrifice as well as the partnership between Canada and France. The outside wall is inscribed with the names of the 11,285 Canadians killed in France whose final resting places are unknown. Search and compare cheap flights to France.
The next two places to make the list of Top Places to Visit in Honour of Remembrance Day are Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery and Memorial, Netherlands and Korean War Memorial, Meadowvale Cemetery, Brampton, Ontario. To read about the meaning of these sites to Canadian vets, visit www.cheapflights.ca/travel-tips/top-places-to-visit-in-honour-of-remembrance-day/.
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