Tuesday, November 11, 2008

In Memory...

We must remember. If we do not, the sacrifice of those one hundred thousand Canadian lives will be meaningless. They died for us, for their homes and families and friends, for a collection of traditions they cherished and a future they believed in; they died for Canada. The meaning of their sacrifice rests with our collective national consciousness; our future is their monument.1

We often take for granted our Canadian values and institutions, our freedom to participate in cultural and political events, and our right to live under a government of our choice. The Canadians who went off to war in distant lands went in the belief that the values and beliefs enjoyed by Canadians were being threatened. They truly believed that "Without freedom there can be no ensuring peace and without peace no enduring freedom."2
By remembering their service and their sacrifice, we recognize the tradition of freedom these men and women fought to preserve. They believed that their actions in the present would make a significant difference for the future, but it is up to us to ensure that their dream of peace is realized. On Remembrance Day, we acknowledge the courage and sacrifice of those who served their country and acknowledge our responsibility to work for the peace they fought hard to achieve.

As read on the website Remembrance Day.
Like most of you, I'm sure one of the many wars over the years have touched parts of your family. Both my Grandfather's fought in WW2, and my Great Uncle Russell died as a fighter pilot during WW2. My Grandmother who lived in England met my Grandfather who was Canadian as he was serving in England. He gave up his seat on the train for her..and the rest is history. I am so thankful for the men and woman who have served, protecting our freedom all these years. Thank you!

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