“It is when we pay silent tribute to the names of those etched in stone in cities large and small so generations who follow remember the price of their duty.
“It is when we honour all those who served – in conflicts past and current – and have returned home to towns, villages and cities across British Columbia, their service complete.
“As Canadians, we have never sought conflict but always rise to the occasion when asked to defend our ideals.
“We know and appreciate what a special place we call home, where differences are settled with ballots and not bullets, where tolerance binds us together and fear does not tear us apart.
“On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month we join together to pay tribute to those who sacrificed their lives and those who suffered the ravages of war on our behalf.
“Time may make the service of so many seem a distant memory, but that is their lasting gift, a peace that endures, a belief in democracy and a spirit that won’t die.
Let us never forget.”