Re­mem­brance Day 2017

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - Editorial - Hon. Rob Moore Con­ser­va­tive Shadow Min­is­ter for At­lantic Is­sues

Each year on Re­mem­brance Day, we pause to re­mem­ber the tremen­dous sac­ri­fices of Canada’s men and women in uni­form.

This year we’ve marked some im­por­tant mile­stones in our shared his­tory. In Au­gust we hon­oured the 75th an­niver­sary of Dieppe. In April we com­mem­o­rated the 100th an­niver­sary of Vimy. And this Novem­ber we reach the 100th an­niver­sary of Pass­chen­daele.

The self­less ser­vice of Cana­dian Armed Forces mem­bers dur­ing times of war, con­flict and peace have helped de­fine and shape our coun­try. In­deed, through­out our coun­try’s his­tory, Cana­dian men and women have bravely fought tyranny and evil around the world, de­fend­ing our coun­try, our val­ues and our way of life

Dur­ing the First World War, more than 650,000 Cana­di­ans and New­found­lan­ders served over­seas, while thou­sands more trained in prepa­ra­tion to join them, and hun­dreds of thou­sands of other Cana­di­ans worked on the home front to sup­port the war ef­fort.

In places like Dieppe, Vimy and Pass­chen­dale, en­tire gen­er­a­tions sac­ri­ficed to de­fend free­dom, peace and democ­racy and ul­ti­mately es­tab­lished Canada as an in­de­pen­dent force on the global stage.

Later in Korea and most re­cently in places like Afghanistan and North­ern Iraq, Canada’s long and proud his­tory of fight­ing for what is prin­ci­pled and just has con­tin­ued.

We are eter­nally grate­ful for Canada’s Vet­er­ans who, at great per­sonal cost de­fend our free­doms. On Re­mem­brance Day, let us re­flect on these free­doms and re­new our de­ter­mi­na­tion to never for­get the legacy and tremen­dous sac­ri­fices of Canada’s Vet­er­ans.

This Re­mem­brance Day, please join me in ex­tend­ing a heart­felt thank you to Canada’s Vet­er­ans.

Lest we for­get.

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