I encourage all residents to join me in honouring and commemorating the courage, service and sacrifice of Canada’s Veterans during Veterans’ Week.
November 5th to the 11th, Veterans’ Week is a time to remember the bravery shown by 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 to stand against oppression in the cause 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.
Sacrificial service was real for those who “laid down their life for a friend.”
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 honour.
These heroes, both past and present have taken up the great and noble cause of protecting our freedom – a cause for which all of us are grateful.
Our military tradition is remarkable with over 1.7 million Canadians having served in our Armed Forces during the last century. It speaks to the nature of our country that so many have stood on guard, and continue to stand 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 is also my hope that you will join me in attending one of the many Remembrance Day ceremonies that will be taking place across our Region in November.
Lest we forget.