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Sights and sounds: London marks Remembrance Day

It was expected to be a Remembrance Day like no other in Canada.

For many in London, it didn't disappoint. With the deaths of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo fresh in their minds — and memories of those who served decades earlier just as fresh — people paid tribute on Tuesday.

As servicemen guarded an empty tomb at Victoria Park ....

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hundreds gathered, standing elbow-to-elbow in solemn silence.

Silence was broken by applause as lines of soldiers representing military units and organizations across the city marched toward Wellington Street and Dufferin Avenue ...

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each taking their respective place around the cenotaph ...

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and forming a fortress of poppies ...

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patriotism ...

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and pride.

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There were tears ...

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as the Catholic Central High School chamber choir opened the ceremony.

And more tears as a member of The Salvation Army band played a tune all-too-familiar for some.

There were special tributes paid to many — Silver Cross mothers ...

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the fallen and those who remain on active duty.

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But, it was the faces of those who came together — be it the old guard ...

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the young guard ...

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or the younger still ...

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that stood as a solid reminder of the reason so many had gathered: Because Canada ...

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is "strong and free."

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