"In Flander's Fields the poppies blow, between the crosses, row on row."

That's the first line of John McCrae's penned in Belgium in May, 1915. It's what Canadians read on this day, the eleventh day of the eleventh month to remember and recognize the men and women who fought in wars or who are still overseas. Today is Remembrance Day.

The city of Hamilton is holding seven ceremonies around town. If you're downtown, head to the Gore Park Cenotaph (on King Street, between James and John) at 10:45 a.m.

Ceremonies at the Ancaster and Dundas Cenotaph begin at 10:30 a.m., as well as the War Plane Heritage Museum and the Royal Canadian Legion at 435 Limeridge Road East. Ceremonies at the Stoney Creek cenotaph and the Waterdown Legion, at 79 Hamilton Street North, are at 10:45.

City services, mail service and banks are closed for Remembrance Day.

Who will you remember today? Share your stories with CBC Hamilton via email to hamilton@cbc.ca or on Twitter @CBCHamilton.

DayStarter Commute

No accidents to report on local highways or roads this morning.

West 5th Street down the access into the lower city is slow at 8:45 a.m.  The Claremont access is also slow down into the lower city and John Street at the base of the Jolley Cut to Main Street is moving slowly as well.

A construction note: the city begins construction today on a detour road for Centennial Parkway. It's part of the rail bridge replacement project. That bridge is to be replaced next year. The detour road will be constructed on Centennial Parkway between Goderich Street and Arrowsmith Drive, to the entrance to Home Depot. The city does not anticipate it will make an impact on local traffic.

Here's a list of ongoing construction projects that might slow you down this morning.


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DayStarter weather

Just 1 C for your walk to work this morning, but the sun is shining.

A high of 7 C later on today, but we're expecting some precipitation. Rain showers this morning, turning into flurries later in the day. A low of -5 C overnight, so be prepared to scrap some frost off your car tomorrow morning.

The high tomorrow is just 1 C (chilly!).

DayStarter City News

The fatal shooting of a ex Hell's Angels member looks like a hit, an expert tells CBC Hamilton.

James “Lou” Malone — a biker who had once been charged in a brutal beating at a Hamilton strip joint — was killed in a shooting on Kenilworth Avenue North just south of Hope Avenue around 1:20 a.m. on Saturday.

Det. Peter Thom, the lead investigator on the case, said on Saturday he believes the 49-year-old “was specifically targeted” and that the shooting followed “a bit of a foot race” through the neighbourhood.

The Police have not made any arrests in the case so far.

The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board meets tonight. On the agenda: the Scott Park expropriation. The school board voted last month to expropriate the former school, demolish it and build a parking lot for a new, nearby high school. Follow reporter Cory Ruf (@CoryRuf) for live updates on Twitter.

DayStarter Photo

Colin Marcano, a local street photographer, started posted a series of photos called Neon City on Twitter last night. Here's a sample. Check the rest of his very cool images out at @colinmarcano.

DayStarter internet

This video is both beautiful and heartbreaking, because it represents the reality for many war veterans in North America. Jim Wolf is a U.S. Military Veteran. He is homeless and battles with alcoholism, and volunteered to go through a physical transformation and agreed to it to be documented. Be sure to watch through to his reaction when he sees his reflection in the mirror.