Watch CBC's special Remembrance Day coverage

Thousands gather at the National War Memorial in Ottawa to remember Canada's war dead

Johnson was flanked at the memorial by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, this year's Silver Cross Mother, Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr and other dignitaries.

At 11 a.m., all observed two minutes of silence, followed by a flypast of two Canadian Forces jets.

The chaplain general of the Canadian Forces, Guy Chapdelaine, invited Canadians to pray for God's blessing and guidance, "or simply to use this moment for personal reflection as others pray." Chapdelaine, a Roman Catholic priest, then said prayers in English and French.

Sheila Anderson, of Yellowknife, the 2015 National Memorial (Silver) Cross Mother, placed a wreath at the National War Memorial on behalf of all Canadian mothers who lost children in the country's wars.

She lost her son, Cpl. Jordan Anderson, in Afghanistan in 2009. He was among six Canadian soldiers killed by a roadside bomb.
"It's a great honour to represent the families of the fallen," she told CBC News Wednesday.

"I'm going to be thinking about all the families, the mothers, the fathers, the brothers and sisters, and the spouses of the fallen soldiers."

Earlier, Trudeau issued a statement calling on Canadians "to join me in expressing our heartfelt gratitude to all those who have worked and fought so courageously to keep us safe."

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, himself a veteran who served with the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan, added:
"To the brave members of the Canadian Armed Forces currently serving at home and abroad, we proudly salute your unwavering commitment to protecting Canadians, and to bringing peace and security to the world."

What to expect at today's national Remembrance Day ceremony

There will be prayers, a public wreath-laying, the playing of the Last Post, a salute to the veterans and a moment of silence at today's Remembrance Day national ceremony.

The dignitaries who will be in attendance are as follows:
• Justin Trudeau, prime minister of Canada, and Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau.
• Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston.
• Leo Housakos, speaker of the Senate of Canada.
• Stéphane Dion, minister of foreign affairs.
• Kent Hehr, minister of veterans affairs.
• Harjit Singh Sajjan, minister of national defence.
• Gen. Jonathan Vance, chief of the defence staff, Canadian Armed Forces.
• Tom Eagles, dominion president, Royal Canadian Legion.
• Brad White, dominion secretary, Royal Canadian Legion.
• Sheila Anderson, 2015 National Memorial (Silver) Cross Mother.

The CBC's coverage

Join CBC News Wednesday for live coverage of Canada's Remembrance Day ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa.

A veteran looks on during the Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)
Follow the conversation online at CBCNews.ca, which will run a live blog starting at 10 a.m. ET and will live stream the ceremony at the same time.
Use the hashtag #HowIRemember to share your thoughts about Remembrance Day.

You can also watch the Remembrance Day special hosted by The National's Peter Mansbridge at 10 a.m. ET on CBC News Network or on CBC Television at 10 a.m. in each time zone.

Listeners can tune in to CBC Radio One at 10:55 a.m. ET for special coverage hosted by Susan Bonner. She'll be joined by Second World War veteran Jim Parks, who landed on Juno Beach with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles infantry regiment on D-Day.

You can watch the live stream today at:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/watch-cbc-s-special-remembrance-day-coverage-1.3313522

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