OTTAWA, ON, November 11, 2021 / CNW / – On Remembrance Day, our thoughts are with Canadian veterans who fought for our freedom and our values. Who has served far from home, in peacekeeping missions and in horrific wars. Who came home, never the same, or never came home at all. We remember their families and loved ones. And we honor the long history and sacrifice of Uniformed Indigenous Peoples, some of whom would never see their ancestral land again.
Throughout history, members of the Canadian Armed Forces have served on land, at sea and in the air. They did so knowing that their contributions made a difference.
We honor their heritage.
This year we mark several anniversaries: the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Kapyong, during the Korean War; the 15th anniversary of the first Canadian woman to die in combat, Captain Nicolas goddard; and the 100th anniversary of the poppy symbol, which we have worn every Remembrance Day since 1921.
It is important to learn about the stories of soldiers, past and present. Although some stories may be difficult to hear, it is our responsibility to bear witness. Our hope is that by remembering the sacrifices of the past, we can envision a peaceful future. It depends on all of us. It’s in our hands. It is our duty to keep the memory alive.
I would like to thank all of the Canadians who took it upon themselves to lead the commemoration, especially young Canadians. As Governor General and Commander-in-Chief, my thoughts are with all serving veterans and servicemen, all who have worn the uniform to defend Canada.
Let’s not forget that. Never forget.
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