Remembrance Day on CBC News

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, Canadians are asked to pause in memory of the thousands of men and women who sacrificed their lives in military service.

Paying tribute to Canada's fallen soldiers


On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, Canadians are asked to pause in memory of the thousands of men and women who sacrificed their lives in military service.

At public gatherings in Ottawa and around the country, Canadians pay tribute with two minutes of silence to the country's fallen soldiers from the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean War, the Afghanistan conflict and peacekeeping missions.

Wherever you are, you can turn to CBC News for full Remembrance Day coverage — on TV, radio and online. 

Remembrance Day 2013 on CBC News:

CBC reporters and hosts bring you stories throughout the day commemorating the date and honouring the sacrifices of servicemen and women in Canada and around the world. 

  • Peter Mansbridge hosts live from the War Memorial in Ottawa on CBC Television, CBC News Network, and livestream starting at 10 a.m. ET (11 AT/11:30 NT)
  • Alison Smith hosts on CBC Radio One starting at 10:55 a.m. ET (11:55 AT/12:25 NT)

CBC News Special: Remembering the Great War

With the 100-year anniversary of the beginning of the First World War fast approaching, Peter Mansbridge looks back at this critical turning point for the world and reveals the untold stories of Canadian heroes and the sacrifices that launched a nation. Watch the Remembrance Day special from the War Museum in Ottawa.

  • CBC Television at 9 p.m/9:30 NT

More CBC Programming:

Living out Loud, Special full edition Remembrance Day edition on Sunday Nov. 10th and Tuesday Nov. 12th, featuring the documentary "The good Italian?" 

Italy has been praised as a safe haven for Jews, a nation devoid of racism and anti-semitism; the post war story of the "good Italian" is the one which has been promoted and the one which has prevailed. But is it true?  Documents in Italian archives, many restricted for over 70 years because of Italy's privacy rules and only recently available for public scrutiny tell a very different story; far from being a relatively safe haven for Jews, the identification and persecution of Jews in Italy was rigorous, comprehensive and carried out by Mussolini on his own initiative, beginning in 1938, long before the Germans occupied Italy in 1943. 

"The good Italian?" is the result of many years of research by Toronto based freelance producer Roxana Olivera who travelled to Germany, Israel and many cities in Italy where she was able to examine hundreds of newly released documents relating to Italy's actions during and before the second world war.

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Also known as Veterans Day in the U.S., Remembrance Day was first held throughout the Commonwealth in 1919. It marks the armistice to end the First World War, which came into effect at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, a year earlier. Here is a selection of features on Remembrance Day and conflicts in recent history.

Canada in Afghanistan

Canada formally ended its combat mission in Afghanistan on July 7, 2011, and withdrew 2,850 Canadian combat troops after years of being on the front lines of the fight against Taliban insurgents in the south. Canada was the sixth largest troop-contributing nation, behind the U.S. and European countries. Between 2002 and the end of the mission in 2011, 157 Canadian troops were killed in Afghanistan.

World War I

The First World War began when Great Britain declared war on Germany on Aug. 4, 1914. As a member of the British Empire, Canada automatically joined the conflict. A total of 595,000 Canadians heeded the call to enlist, and 418,000 served overseas by the war's end on Nov. 11, 1918. WWI's toll on Canadians was 60,383 dead and 155,799 wounded.

World War II

The fighting began with the German attack on Poland early on Sept. 1, 1939. Britain and France declared war on Germany shortly after, and Canada followed a week later. The first Canadian troops departed for Europe at the end of 1939. More than 45,000 Canadian died in the fighting. Germany surrendered on May 7, 1945, followed by Japan in August the same year.


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