Every year on Remembrance Day, we pause to pay tribute to Canada’s veterans.
Throughout our country’s history, our soldiers have bravely fought tyranny and evil around the world. At great personal cost, they have fought to defend our country, our freedoms and our values.
As those who have benefited from their service, we are forever indebted to them. We have a duty to remember their sacrifices and achievements.
We also have a responsibility to ensure that the next generation also knows the price paid for the peace and freedoms that we enjoy today.
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My family had the opportunity to participate in Lloydminster’s recent No Stone Left Alone remembrance ceremony.
Every November the No Stone Left Alone Memorial Foundation honours the sacrifices and service of Canada’s military by educating students and placing poppies on the headstones of veterans across the country.
It was moving to see my children brush the snow off headstones and place a poppy on it in remembrance of the service of these veterans.
In the years to come, my children’s understanding of the importance of this act of remembrance will grow. These selfless veterans made sacrifices for their generation and future generations. Their legacy is the peaceful Canada that my children experience.
As we keep the memory of their sacrifices in the conscious of our nation, we will ensure that their achievements will never fade away.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of Canada’s Hundred Days and the Armistice that brought an end to the First World War.
It also marks the 65th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice, the 10th anniversary of National Peacekeepers’ Day and the 75th anniversary of the invasion of Sicily and the beginning of the Second World War.
Canada has a proud military history. In fact, the courage, determination and legacy of Canada’s veterans are known around the world. And today Canada’s men and women in uniform possess the same virtues.
Pausing to remember the tremendous sacrifices of Canada’s soldiers is an important practice to strengthen our resolve never to forget or take for granted the high price they paid for a peaceful today and a secure tomorrow.
This Remembrance Day, join me in paying tribute to those who have served our country. In times of peace and conflict, our men and women in the military have made us proud.
On this solemn day, let us honour those who put themselves in harm’s way for the sake of doing what was right, those who fought for Canada and paid the ultimate sacrifice, those who lost their family members in service and those who stand ready to the same.
Today and every day may our gratitude be never ceasing.
Lest we forget.
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