OTTAWA (ON), June 5, 2022 /CNW/ – As Governor General and Commander-in-Chief, I congratulate everyone who marks Canadian Armed Forces Day.

It has been a year of change and challenge for members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). Together, you face hard truths and continue to tackle important issues facing the CAF. A CAF that works hard to make itself better. A CAF that welcomes diversity and equality in its ranks.

Additionally, you have been called to serve at home and abroad to help not only resolve conflicts, such as the heartbreaking war of Ukrainebut also with climate disasters, forest fires and the ongoing pandemic.

Through it all, and despite the many challenges that call for your attention, you are there for our country. You continue to make us proud.

I have seen your work up close. Over the past year, I have visited troops in Kuwait and Qatar; I met Canadian Rangers serving in the North and celebrated their 75th anniversary with them at Victoria. I have honored members for their meritorious service, bravery and dedication to this nation. I have met with veterans and members of the military from across the country and told them how proud I am of their actions. And every time I meet someone who has served our country, I ask them about their history. I ask them how they take care of themselves, both physically and mentally.

As we mark Canadian Armed Forces Day, I want to thank all of you who sacrifice so much for our country, including the families of those who have chosen to serve. Through your actions, you build a better Canada and a better world.

Mary Simon

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