Toronto Mayor Rob Ford pays tribute to Canada's war veterans.

Remembrance Day service at Old City Hall draws thousands

Embattled mayor Rob Ford makes first public appearance to sporadic chorus of boos

Despite a cold November rain people gathered for the Remembrance Day memorial in front of the Old City Hall cenotaph on Monday, including Toronto’s embattled mayor.

Rob Ford, wearing the chains of office and making his first public appearance since admitting last week that he has smoked crack cocaine, told those assembled:

“The people of Toronto gather with all Canadians to remember and honour those who have fought for our freedom. It is hoped by remembering we will do all we can do strive for peace.” Ford said.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Korean War and veterans from that conflict, where 516 Canadians died at epic battles such Kapyong, were eulogized by Ford.

“Those who did not return are owed a debt that can never ever be repaid. Today, we remember those who have served Canada so valiantly in times of need,” Ford said.

Before Ford’s speech, there were sporadic yells and boos as he headed to the podium and some veterans refused to shake hands with Ford after he laid a wreath.

The service at Old City Hall one of many across Toronto. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne also laid a wreath at a Queen’s Park memorial nearby.