The families of the fallen were led to their seats by two pipers: Master Cpl. Christopher Reasbeck and Cpl. David Zarboni from the Duke of Edinburgh's Own Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa.
The parade includes 300 Canadian Forces members, 32 RCMP and local police officers from across Canada, 50 civilians who deployed to Afghanistan, and about 150 veterans of the mission.
Several bands are playing as part of the parade: Royal Canadian Air Force Pipes and Drums, Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces, Royal 22nd Regimental Band, RCMP Pipes and Drums, and the Correctional Service Canada Community Service Band.
Fifteen light armoured vehicles (LAVs) are trailing the parade, operated by 20 members of 2 Division.
The vice-regal salute combines "God Save the Queen" and "O Canada" and finished with a 21-gun salute.
Governor General David Johnston, Sharon Johnston, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Laureen Harper, Defence Minister Rob Nicholson, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino, Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Tom Lawson, Chief Warrant Officer Kevin West, and Wayne Wouters, clerk of the Privy Council, are the official party.
The national anthem is being sung by the "C Flats" from Ottawa's Colonel By High School.
The governor general now inspects the front rank of the parade before the official presentation of the "Soldier On" baton containing the last Canadian flag flown at ISAF headquarters in Kabul. The baton will eventually be placed in Centre Block's Hall of Honour on Parliament Hill.