Remembrance DayNovember 11, 2019
On Remembrance Day we pause and reflect upon the tremendous courage and bravery of all those who have served our country, at home and overseas, in defense of the values that we hold dear. From Vimy Ridge to Juno Beach, the Battle of Kapyong to Afghanistan, we owe an immense debt of gratitude to all the men and women who have dedicated their lives to selflessly defending our country. In their pursuit of a better world, our Canadian heroes have demonstrated to us and the entire world that Canadians will always rise to the occasion. Their example and sacrifice must never be forgotten.
Today, it is our duty to honour and respect those Canadians who have fought and sacrificed for our country – past and present. In their honour, everyday must be a day of commemoration. Every day we must reflect and show our gratitude for the values, peace, and freedom that these valiant Canadians secured for us. And, on Remembrance Day, as we gather across the country at memorials and cenotaphs, with Legions and our veterans and their families – it is our responsibility to show them the respect that they deserve and to demonstrate to each of them that we will always remember their sacrifice.
101 years have passed since the Armistice that concluded the First World War was signed. By the war’s end, 16 million men and women had paid the ultimate sacrifice with 61,000 Canadians among them. During this war and every war since, Canada and Canadians have left our mark on the world stage and showed the world that our courage, resolve, and faith can change the world. The impact of their triumph and sacrifice will forever be felt in every corner of the world and across our community. Today, our men and women in uniform continue to dedicate their lives to protecting and preserving our values. They do so with integrity, pride, and courage. We are forever grateful.
As we take a moment to commemorate our Canadian heroes, let us remember their example. Now, more than ever before, we have an obligation and responsibility to those who have dedicated their lives to our country to pass on their memory and teach future generations about the importance of remembrance. By connecting with our veterans and offering them the support that they deserve, and by paying tribute to this solemn and important history – we can ensure that their memory lives on. At 11:00AM, let’s take a minute of time to attend a ceremony and bow our heads for a moment of silence. Lest we forget.