Remembrance Day Op-ed

I encourage all residents to join me in honouring and commemorating the courage, service and sacrifice of Canada’s Veterans during Veterans’ Week.

Running from November 5th to the 11th, Veterans’ Week is a time to remember the bravery of the members of the Canadian Armed Forces during the many battles that helped shape our country and world into what we know today.

Remembrance Day marks the Armistice that arrived on the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day, of the eleventh month. It is a time to pay tribute to those who went far from home to answer the call of peace.

Canada’s veterans have served and continue to serve with distinction while defending our democracy and freedom; some making the ultimate sacrifice to protect the values we treasure.

From the beaches of Normandy, to the cliffs of Dieppe, to the trenches of Kapyong, to the mountains of Kandahar, the brave men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces have served this country with pride and honor.

John 15:13 says, “greater love has no one than this: that someone lay down his life for his friends.”

These heroes, both past and present have taken up the great and noble cause of protection of one’s country and fellow citizens – a cause that we all are thankful for.

2016 is an important year in Canadian military history. It’s the 100th anniversary of two very important battles – the battle of the Somme and the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel. Many Canadians lost their lives in these battles. And they were instrumental in the lead-up to what would be the end result of WWI.

2017 will also mark many important milestones, including the 100th anniversaries of the Battles of Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele, as well as the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid.

Our military tradition is remarkable with over 1.7 million Canadians serving in our Armed Forces during the last century. It speaks to the nature of our country that so many have stood on guard for Canada.

Over the next few months, I encourage all Canadians to take the time to learn more about these important moments in our history. It’s also my hope that you’ll join me in attending one of the many Remembrance Day ceremonies that will be taking place across the country.
In addition to school visits and attending multiple Legion dinners, I will be commemorating with our community and Legions at the following ceremonies:

New Dundee: Saturday, November 5th – 11 AM at the Cenotaph (Bridge Street)
Linwood: Sunday, November 6th – 1:15 PM at the Linwood Community Centre
Elmira: Sunday, November 6th – 2:30 PM at the Cenotaph (Arthur Street)
New Hamburg: Friday, November 11th – 11 AM at the Cenotaph (Huron Street)

The Kitchener Remembrance Day Ceremony is also held on November 11th beginning at 10:45 AM, at Kitchener City Hall.
The valour and sacrifice of Canada’s Veterans is undeniable. Lest we forget.