Tak­ing time to re­mem­ber

The News (New Glasgow) - - OPINION -

On Nov. 11, cit­i­zens across Canada come to­gether to pay their re­spects at ceno­taphs, vet­eran units, com­mu­nity halls, Le­gions and churches. We take this time to re­mem­ber the sac­ri­fices of those men and women who went over­seas and never re­turned as well as those who re­turned home but had to con­tinue life with dev­as­tat­ing phys­i­cal and men­tal scars.

I would urge that to­gether we take just a few hours out of our day to at­tend a lo­cal cer­e­mony. At the same time, we should strive to take just a few mo­ments out of our day, each and ev­ery day, to re­mem­ber the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice those made so we can live in a peace­ful and free county. Along with vet­er­ans, we must also re­mem­ber and be thank­ful for the cur­rent mem­bers of the Armed Forces which con­tinue to pro­vide us with a sta­ble and strong na­tion to­day. Without them, we would be liv­ing in a rad­i­cally dif­fer­ent and danger­ous world.

Sol­diers of the past have given their lives so that we can con­tinue our strong demo­cratic tra­di­tions. We can vote, hold elec­tions, change poli­cies and safely but vig­or­ously dis­agree with each other. The im­por­tance of this in­cred­i­ble lib­erty can­not be un­der­stated. I am proud to do my small part each day rep­re­sent­ing the won­der­ful peo­ple of Pic­tou West and hon­our­ing those by tak­ing part in our ro­bust demo­cratic process.

Please join your fel­low cit­i­zens at a lo­cal ser­vice, or re­mem­ber in your own way such as watch­ing doc­u­men­taries or read­ing about the ex­pe­ri­ence of war, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Lest We For­get. Karla Mac­Far­lane MLA Pic­tou West

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