National Day of Honour Itinerary

Friday is the National Day of Honour, to commemorate the 40,000 Canadians who served in Afghanistan.

Events will be unfolding on Parliament Hill. Smaller celebrations will also be held at Royal Canadian Legion halls in towns and cities across the country.

158 Canadian soldiers, one diplomat, one journalist, and two civilian contractors died during the Canadian mission in Afghanistan.

The events in Ottawa will unfold as follows:

12:15 p.m. - The Master of Ceremonies welcomes visitors to the National Day of Honour, ahead of the Parade of Honour.

12:30 p.m. - The Parade of Honour begins at the War Museum and marches along Wellington St. to Parliament Hill. Wellington St. will be closed from Booth St. to Elgin St. from 12:20p.m. to 1:00p.m. for the parade. The closure may last until 2:15p.m. depending on the size of the crowds attending the ceremony on Parliament Hill.

1:00 p.m. - The Parade of Honour arrives at Parliament Hill. A 21-Gun Salute will mark the opening of the ceremony, followed by the singing of the Nation Anthem.

The Soldier On Afghanistan Relay will arrive, and turn over their baton, which contains the last Canadian flag to fly in Afghanistan during the Canadian mission. It will be presented to Prime Minister Stephen Harper after an inspection by Governor General David Johnston.

The Canadian Armed Forces Chaplain will then give a benediction.

1:30 p.m. - A moment of silence will be held across the country. The two minutes of silence are to reflect upon the sacrifices made during the mission.

1:32 p.m. - The moment of silence will end with a flyby over Parliament Hill of RCAF aircraft that served in Afghanistan. The flyby will include 2 CH-146 Griffon helicopters, 1 CH-147F Chinook helicopter, 1 CC-130 Hercules tanker, 1 CC-150 Polaris Airbus, 1 CC-177 Globemaster, 1 CC-130J Hercules Cargo aircraft, and 1 CP-140 Aurora.

1:35 p.m. - Remarks will be made by Canadian Armed Forces members, Governor General David Johnston, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, National Defense Minister Rob Nicholson, and Chief of Defense Staff General Thomas Lawson.

1:50 p.m. - The Royal Anthem, God Save the Queen will be played.

2:00 p.m. - A second RCAF flyby will mark the end of the ceremony on Parliament Hill. Military displays on the Hill will be open to the public until approximately 4:00 p.m.

Also of note: Wellington St. will be closed between Bank St. and Elgin St. between 7:00p.m. and 8:00p.m. to allow a CH-147 Chinook helicopter to take off from Parliament Hill.

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