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Remembering around the world


Millions took part in Remembrance Day ceremonies in Canada and around the world on Thursday
Millions took part in Remembrance Day ceremonies in Canada and around the world on Thursday

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

November 11, 2010 — Canada isn't the only country honouring their veterans today. Ceremonies have been taking place around the world.

Hundreds gathered at London's Trafalgar Square in the rain
Hundreds gathered at London's Trafalgar Square in the rain

It's Remembrance Day - a time to honour those who fought and died for our country. And while dozens of ceremonies have taken place here at home, other countries have been honouring their veterans, as well.

In Australia, a memorial service was held in Canberra. Quentin Bryce, the Governor General of Autralia, led the ceremonies outside the National War Memorial in the capital.

In Britain, millions of people paused for a two-minute silence on Thursday to remember those they lost in war, exactly 92 days since the Armistice that ended World War One came into force.

Soldiers, sailors, air force personnel and their families gathered at the Cenotaph memorial in central London, where The Last Post was played at the beginning of two minutes of silence.

Meanwhile, hundreds of people gathered at Trafalgar Square, standing under grey skies and in damp conditions. At the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, military personnel, veterans and dignitaries gathered for an Armistice Day service, followed by the laying of poppy wreaths.

Two minutes of silence were observed when London's Big Ben struck 11 a.m.
Two minutes of silence were observed when London's Big Ben struck 11 a.m.

France commemorated the end of the First World War on Thursday amidst damp conditions and cool temperatures. President Nicholas Sarkozy laid down a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Crowds braved the bad weather to pay tribute to the 1.3 million French soldiers killed in World War One - a war that was fought largely on their home soil.

Many of the battles fought in World War One and World War Two were weather-dependent. The 1944 Normandy invasion, also known as D-Day, took place when it did because of a break in an otherwise stormy forecast.

In Canada, hundreds of thousands of people have been taking part in Remembrance Day events, activities and ceremonies. For those in Vancouver, a new tradition was created. The Olympic cauldron was re-lit to honour the soldiers and officially mark Remembrance Day. It was one of the few times it had been lit since the end of the Winter Games and the flame burned until just after noon.

Because the weather can change dramatically in November, forecasting for outdoor ceremonies can be a challenge for organizers.

To stay on top of the weather conditions in your area, be sure to check your local forecast. You can also tune in to The Weather Network on TV, where the National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.

With files from Andrea Stockton

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