On Remembrance Day, Canadians honour the bravery, loyalty and sacrifice of those who gave their lives in service to our country. We remember more than 100,000 men and women who gave their lives in two World Wars, in Korea, in places like southern Afghanistan and in peacekeeping missions around the world. We also salute our veterans and the brave men and women in uniform who have served our country in times of war, military conflict and in peace, upholding the freedoms and values we cherish as Canadians.
Let us reflect, too, on those who returned from war but were forever changed. Moreover, let our reflections translate into tomorrow’s concrete actions. The transition from military to civilian life can be difficult and can come with great challenges. The road to healing is not a seamless one. We must listen to our veterans and their families to ensure that they receive the support, care, and recognition they need and deserve.
As Canadians, we must honour our profound obligation to these brave men and women.
Remembrance Day can be both painful and precious. It is the tie that binds us to our past, ensuring that history’s lessons can prepare us for future challenges. And history teaches us that the courage of our veterans laid a foundation for the open society we cherish today. Let us honour them and their sacrifice, and not glorify the war.
It is often said that Canada came of age at war. It is just as true, however, that Canada went on to grow and develop as a force for international peace.
Let us not forget this, nor forget why we fought, and hopefully why we are fighting: to build a more just and peaceful world.
Lest we forget….
Wayne Stetski, Member of Parliament, Kootenay-Columbia