Honouring Canada’s heroes on Remembrance Day

Every November 11 at 11 a.m., Canadians come together in schools, gymnasiums, public spaces and meeting halls to observe two minutes of silence to remember, contemplate and reflect on the sacrifice our Veterans have made and to honour the courage of those who continue to serve our country today.

For many of us, living in a peaceful, just society where our freedom and human rights are guaranteed, is all we know.

Last month, Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, was run down by a motorist near Montreal and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, was fatally shot while standing guard at Ottawa’s National War Memorial. Their deaths serve as a poignant reminder of the dangers our soldiers face in the line of duty and a reminder that we cannot take our safety and freedom for granted.

Successive generations of brave Canadians have placed themselves in harm’s way in the hope that future generations will live in a peaceful society.  Whether on the battlefields of Europe through two World Wars, on the Korean peninsula, and most recently in Afghanistan and Iraq, our Veterans have fought with valour and determination.

November 11 is an important occasion as it gives us the chance to set aside time to reflect on the efforts of our Veterans and show them our eternal gratitude.

Keeping the history of our fallen soldiers and Veterans alive is important. By teaching our youth, wearing a red poppy on our lapel and most importantly commemorating Remembrance Day, we are able to define their heroic efforts and preserve their memory for future generations.

I would like to express my appreciation and gratitude to all Veterans for their service and dedication to our country. The rights and freedoms that our Veterans and fallen soldiers safeguarded make both Canada and Halton Region a safe, great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

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