Every year on the 11th day of November at 11 a.m., we pause in a moment of silence to remember the men and women who served and continue to serve our country during times of war and peace.
Around 2.3 million Canadians have served our country in uniform and more than 120,000 lost their lives in service, conveying a loud and clear message that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism.
On Remembrance Day, we are remembering and commemorating those who have answered the call to serve and never returned home and acknowledging a debt we can never repay.
Service is a selfless act of defending and protecting a nation’s democratic freedoms and way of life. It always comes at a cost to servicemen. Physical, mental, emotional injury and trauma; time away from loved ones; the risks and dangers that come from serving, highlight why remembrance is and always will be of utmost importance.
This year, on Remembrance Day, join me and fellow residents at the Malton Cenotaph 3430 Derry Rd. E. Let us pause, reflect, wear a poppy close to our hearts, and give thanks to those who fell, who served and who are still serving.
I encourage you to express your gratitude and support for the Armed Forces and Veteran communities, those currently serving, ex-serving personnel, their families; and all those who have fallen in battle.
Take a moment to learn more about the sacrifices and achievements made by unsung heroes of our country, help preserve their legacy by passing the torch of Remembrance to future generations of Canadians, with a promise of working together to preserve our values of freedom and peace.
‘’ … To you from failing hands we throw The torch, be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields.’’ — John McCrae.
We Will Remember Them.