Global News Honours Canada's Veterans and Soldiers Serving Today with Canada Remembers

Dawna Friesen Anchors Remembrance Day Coverage Special Beginning at 10:30am ET

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TORONTO, Nov. 9, 2011 /CNW/ - Global News pays tribute to the Canadian men and women who have served our country worldwide with the hour-long Canada Remembers coverage special. Hosted by Global National Anchor & Executive Editor Dawna Friesen, Canada Remembers airs commercial-free on Remembrance Day this Friday, November 11 on all Global Stations across the country.

Beginning at 10:30am ET/7:30am PT, Canada Remembers will feature live coverage of the ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. Global News' Chief Political Correspondent Tom Clark will be live, on-the-ground to offer a first-hand perspective of events taking place throughout the morning. Military historian and Curator of the Canadian War Museum Dean Oliver will also be on-hand to lend his expertise to the Canada Remembers coverage.

Friesen will also be joined in-studio by Afghanistan War veteran Tim Laidler, who will provide a unique, first-person perspective on the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder on the men and women who have served in Canada's most recent war. After joining the Canadian Forces in 2002, Laidler was twice deployed to Afghanistan. Laidler currently works as a para-professional counselor with the Veterans Transition Program in B.C. and helps soldiers returning from military service overseas to readjust to civilian life.

"Canada Remembers salutes the men and women who have served to protect our country and honours those who continue to do so today," says Troy Reeb, Vice-President, Global News. "Led by two of our most experienced broadcasters in Dawna and Tom, the Canada Remembers special will allow viewers from coast-to-coast to come together to share in remembering those who fought for our country and continue to do so."

Canada Remembers will also stream live online at GlobalNews.ca, and will supplement coverage with live reporting from Ottawa, as well as a liveblog and Q&A from an expert panel of guests. GlobalNews.ca will also feature links and articles from History.ca's ground-breaking D-Day to Victory online experience, also located at ddaytovictory.ca.

In addition to Canada Remembers, Global BC will air a special one-hour broadcast beginning at 10:30am PST that includes Our Heroes, highlighting memorable stories of Canadian war heroes presented by master storyteller Mike McCardell. Global BC News Hour anchor Chris Gailus will host live coverage of Remembrance Day ceremonies at Vancouver's Victory Square.

Canada Remembers coverage special airs live on Remembrance Day at the following times:

Global Maritimes:

  • 11:30am AST - Canada Remembers LIVE

Global Montreal/Toronto:

  • 10:30am EST - Canada Remembers LIVE

Global Winnipeg/Regina/Saskatoon:

  • 9:30am CST - Canada Remembers LIVE

Global Edmonton/Calgary/Lethbridge:

  • 8:30am MST - Canada Remembers LIVE (Note: Morning News in all three markets will end 30 minutes early at 8:30 am MST to carry this special presentation)
  • 10:30am MST - Canada Remembers, encore airing

Global BC:

  • 7:30am PST - Canada Remembers LIVE
  • 10:30am PST - Our Heroes
  • 10:50am PST - Vancouver Remembrance Day Ceremonies LIVE

Global Okanagan:

  • 7:30am PST - Canada Remembers LIVE

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