Thousands gathered for the Remembrance Day National Ceremony at the National War Memorial on Elgin Street, as well as other locations across the city.

The wreath laying ceremony at the War Memorial began at 11 a.m. and was broadcast live on CBC television, radio and online. Following the ceremony a parade of war veterans and pipers marched from Cartier Square Drill Hall towards the War Memorial.

The national ceremony was just one of the events happening in the city.

At 9 a.m. in Confederation Park there was a ceremony at the National Aboriginal Veterans Monument to honour the contributions of aboriginal veterans. This happened near where many Occupy Ottawa protesters who continue to camp out throughout the park.

"They call this Occupy Ottawa and I suppose they have the right to be here. That's what the veterans fought for," said Dave Jewitt from the National Aboriginal Veterans Association.

"The veterans from World War One, World War Two, they fought for the rights and freedoms we enjoy today in Canada. That's what they were there for."

At 10:45 a.m. ceremonial services were held at the Metcalfe Cenotaph in front of Old City Hall and at the Navan Cenotaph.

Legion holds local Remembrance Day ceremonies

Parades and ceremonies also took place at nine branches of the Royal Canadian Legion across the city:

  • Bells Corners Branch 593, 10:45 a.m. to noon, beginning at Centrepoint Drive and Constellation Drive.
  • Eastview Branch 462, 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., beginning at 294 Cyr Avenue and ending at Vanier Cenotaph.
  • Kanata Branch 638, 10:30 a.m. to noon, beginning at Earl of March High School and ending at Kanata Cenotaph.
  • South Carleton (Manotick) Branch 314, 10:30 a.m. to noon, beginning at Legion at 5550 Ann Street and ending at Manotick Cenotaph.
  • Orleans Branch 632, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., beginning at Vimont Court and Taylor Creek and ending at Orleans Cenotaph.
  • Osgoode Branch 589, 10:45 a.m. to noon, beginning at Legion at 3284 Sunstrum Street and ending at Osgoode Cenotaph.
  • Richmond Branch 625, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., ceremony at Richmond Cenotaph.
  • Stittsville and District Branch 618, 1:40 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., beginning at 1481 Main Street and ending at Stittsville Cenotaph.
  • Westboro Branch 480, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., beginning at Legion at 391 Richmond Road and ending at Westboro Cenotaph.

On Friday night veterans also took part in a ceremonial puck-drop ahead of the Ottawa 67s game at the Civic Centre.