Books of Remembrance

The seven Books of Remembrance commemorate the lives of more than 118,000 Canadians who, since Confederation, have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country in uniform. The names inscribed in the Books of Remembrance can also be found in the Canadian Virtual War Memorial.

A War of 1812 Book of Remembrance is being created to honour those who gave their lives in that pivotal conflict. Special commemorative pages are currently displayed on a new War of 1812 altar in the Memorial Chamber until the Book is completed.

Memorial Chamber

Memorial Chamber

The Books of Remembrance lie in the Memorial Chamber in the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill.

New altars (PWGSC video)


Stone altars for the Books of Remembrance have been created and installed to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

Information on the Books of Remembrance


A calendar was devised so that each page of each book is turned once a year.

Ceremony procedures

Every morning, at eleven o'clock, the pages of the Books of Remembrance are turned by a member of the House of Commons Protective Service Staff.

History of the Books

Canada's Books of Remembrance represent, individually and collectively, the highest expressions of modern workmanship and artistry.

Ranks, units, and decorative pages

Explore ranks, units and decorative pages from the Books of Remembrance.

Request a copy of a page

If you wish to obtain a copy of a page from the Books of Remembrance, please order online.

Search the Books

Find a name in the Books of Remembrance or when a page will be displayed in the Memorial Chamber.

If you have any questions about the Books of Remembrance, please email Veteran Affairs Canada.

National Memorial (Silver) Cross Mothers

The National Memorial (Silver) Cross Mother is chosen annually by the Royal Canadian Legion to represent the mothers of Canada at the National Remembrance Day Ceremony in Ottawa on November 11. The Memorial Cross (more often referred to as the Silver Cross) is awarded to mothers and widows (next of kin) of Canadian soldiers who died on active duty or whose death was consequently attributed to such duty.

Memorial Cross
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