While the conflicts of today look much different from those in the past, it is still fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters who continue to stand up for what they believe in – the values that we as Canadians hold dear.
Whether it was listening to stories about my great uncles who served during World War II, or celebrating my cousins’ return home from tours in Afghanistan, I have always had the utmost respect for those who are willing to risk everything in the name of freedom.
For those of us who owe our freedom to the service of both the past and present generations, it is our duty to support and remember those who have sacrificed so much for us. More than 110,000 men and women died so that we may live free lives today. Taking an active role in remembering these great Canadians, along with the veterans who experienced the hardships of military conflict and peace efforts, is one way of saying “thank you.”
That is why, on Remembrance Day in communities across the region, hundreds of families will stand before memorials and cenotaphs for those who made the ultimate sacrifice for Canada.
There are many other ways we can be active in saying “thank you”. Research the story of a family member, friend, or neighbour who served Canada in wartime or peacetime and share that person’s story with your community. Visit a local nursing home and spend time with those from the wartime generation. Or maybe write a letter to a Canadian Armed Forces member posted in Canada or overseas.
These are all worthy ways to thank the men and women who have served Canada with honour and pride.
This November 11, I will be remembering and saying thank you in Fort St. John and Hudson’s Hope. I hope to see many of you there. On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and our Conservative Government, I want to thank those who have served, and those who continue to serve our great country.