Time to re­mem­ber ser­vice, sac­ri­fices

Medicine Hat News - - LIFESTYLES - Glen Motz

Re­mem­brance Day is a time to pause and re­mem­ber the sac­ri­fices made by Canada’s men and women in uni­form.

In 2018, Canada will mark the 65th an­niver­sary of the Korean War Ar­mistice, the 10th an­niver­sary of Na­tional Peace­keep­ers’ Day and the 100th an­niver­sary of the Ar­mistice.

The ser­vice and sac­ri­fices 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.

On Aug. 8, 1918, Al­lied forces on the Western Front launched a ma­jor of­fen­sive against the Ger­man lines near the town of Amiens, France. The Bat­tle of Amiens would mark the be­gin­ning of the end of the First World War.

Dur­ing th­ese last three months the Cana­dian Corps would ad­vance 130 kilo­me­tres, take some 32,000 Ger­man pris­on­ers and cap­ture al­most 3,800 enemy ar­tillery pieces, ma­chine guns and mor­tars. Thirty Cana­di­ans and New­found­lan­ders would earn the Vic­to­ria Cross in this fi­nal push, the high­est dec­o­ra­tion for val­our they could re­ceive.

We are eter­nally grate­ful for Canada’s vet­er­ans who at great per­sonal cost de­fend our free­doms. This Re­mem­brance Day, please join me in ex­tend­ing a heart­felt thank you to Canada’s vet­er­ans. Lest we for­get. Glen Motz is Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment (CPC) for Medicine Hat-Card­ston-Warner

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