For more than a century, Canadians have gathered on Remembrance Day at local cenotaphs, town squares or Canadian Legion Branches. This year is different. Although we may be unable to gather together in the same way to honour those who have been lost in their service to our nation, it is more important than ever that each of us, wherever we are, remember their sacrifice at 11 a.m. on November 11th.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. More than one million Canadians served in this war and more than 45,000 gave their lives and another 55,000 were wounded. Most families and all of our communities were touched by this war and many still grieve the loss of loved ones in this war today.
The Comox Valley is home to many active servicemen and women and their families and to thousands of Veterans who have chosen to retire here. Remembrance Day is an opportunity to thank them for their enormous contribution to our nation. We are grateful for their courage and determination to stand on guard for Canada both in war and in peace. In the same way they have been there for us, we must forever be there for them. Canada has a sacred obligation to ensure the continued well being of Veterans and their families.
We stand together as Canadians, regardless of race, religion or heritage, a grateful nation.
Lest we forget.