Taking time to remember
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