The Canadian War Museum marked Remembrance Day, with a small ceremony in Memorial Hall on Sunday morning.

About 50 people honoured Canada’s veterans with a moment of silence at 11:00 a.m., when the sun shone through the window and illuminated the headstone from the grave of Canada’s Unknown Soldier.

“At first the entire room was bright but then … the only light was on the tombstone,” says 9-year-old Sarah. “I thought that was the greatest moment of my life.”

Museum officials and attendees were anxious the soggy weather would ruin the ceremony and were relieved the clouds parted long enough for the sun to shrine through.

“There are always little miracles. I was choking back tears,” says another attendee Elizabeth, adjusting her poppy.

While the ceremony was small, at least a thousand people watched the illumination online through a web cast.