Vets remembered at CFL semifinal games

The tomb of the unknown soldier is seen with poppies at the National War Monument in Ottawa Nov 7,...

The tomb of the unknown soldier is seen with poppies at the National War Monument in Ottawa Nov 7, 2011. (ANDRE FORGET /QMI AGENCY)

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Fans attending the Grey Cup semi-final playoffs in Toronto and Calgary paid tribute to Canada's veterans before the games kicked off.

"Today we recall the stories of our veterans so they will be remembered for generations to come," Tory House Leader Peter Van Loan told the crowd. "As Canadians today enjoy our uniquely Canadian game, they also honour our nation's truest heroes, who have served Canada with pride. We recognize and remember their actions that allow our freedom."

Canadian Football League commissioner Mark Cohon said that "in the year of the 100th Grey Cup, when we are celebrating something so proudly Canadian, we are especially proud to pay tribute to our veterans on this special day. On behalf of our entire league, I would like to thank the men and women who served our country and made the ultimate sacrifice."

The semi-final games featured pre-game tributes and the placement of special commemorative markings on both football fields as well as on the helmet of each player. The audience participated in a short ceremony that included a moment of silence in respect for veterans and those still serving.


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