This Friday, November 11, is Remembrance Day and I would like to encourage everyone to join me and pause for a moment of reflection and remembrance.
Most of us are unable to fully comprehend the sacrifice made by more than 1.5 million Canadians who fought to protect the land, the rights and the freedoms each one of us now enjoys. We are unable to fully understand the bravery, the courage and the honour our Veterans showed to the world, to their families and to themselves when they left their homes and boarded ships and aircraft to defend a future they believed in.
It is through the sacrifice of our Veterans that we are able to enjoy the many privileges and freedoms we have today in Canada and in our local communities. We are fortunate that we have the freedom to participate in cultural events; that we can speak openly, and without fear, about politics and world issues; and that we can vote and choose our leaders. Yet many of these things, we take for granted.
For the honour of those who fought and those who have laid down their lives, we should not take these freedoms for granted; and that is why we celebrate Remembrance Day each year.
This is a day to recognize, to honour and to praise those involved in the First and Second World Wars, and the Korean War. It is also an opportunity to recognize our current soldiers as they carry on a tradition of bravery and honour that has characterized the Canadian Armed Forces for a century.
Today, our brave soldiers continue to make us proud with their contributions around the world. They continue to fight for Canada and for the right of others to be free from fear and oppression. For all this, they continue to make the ultimate sacrifice. Even though some of us will never fully comprehend the hardships our soldiers face, we can, on Remembrance Day, observe a moment of silent and sombre remembrance.
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