Chair's Corner - Halton Region, Ontario

Remembering the sacrifices of Canada’s veterans

Each year on November 11, Canadians come together to honour those who fought to protect our peace and freedom. This Remembrance Day, I encourage you to wear a poppy and observe two minutes of silence to reflect on the sacrifices that secured our future.

The 100th anniversaries of the battles of Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele remind us that Canadian veterans have contributed to global security throughout our history. In the years following the World Wars, brave individuals have continued to make sacrifices for all of us.

Canada’s veterans fought far from home to defend their friends, neighbours and fellow citizens, and helped end international conflicts. They left their own families to protect others, and supported one another through the hardships of war with strength and courage. Their efforts ensured our country remained diverse, just and free for generations to come.

On behalf of Regional Council, I would like to thank everyone who has served Canada during times of war—in any capacity— for their contributions to our region, our country and our global community.

While Remembrance Day is about honouring the past, it is also an opportunity to reflect on the future we share. We are reminded to treat one another with respect, compassion and dignity, to honour the vision of a free and inclusive society that our veterans fought for. As former American President John F. Kennedy once said, “we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

Together, we built the strong, inclusive, peaceful society Canadian veterans believed in, and we will never forget the price they paid for it. We will continue to honour their sacrifices by expressing our gratitude for everything they achieved and living the values they fought to protect.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.