On Remembrance Day, Canadians come together to honour our fellow countrymen and women who have sacrificed for the sake our freedom and way of life.
It is on November 11th that we take time to reflect on the high price of freedom, and the value of those who respond to the call to serve our nation. Those who respond to that call are our family, our neighbours, and our friends. We must remind ourselves that it is our duty to them to hold true to Canadian values.
Like many families throughout the riding and across Canada, Remembrance Day has a special meaning to me and my family. My great uncles served honourably in World War II, and my cousins have served with the Canadian Armed Forces and the RCAF. My son is part of the tradition, as a member of 872 RCAF Air Cadet Squadron.
2013 marks 60 years since the armistice ended hostilities in the Korean War. Our Government has marked the occasion by declaring this year “Year of the Korean Veteran” to honour the 26 000 Canadian Armed Forces members who fought bravely in the Korean War and those who served on Korean soil after the ceasefire.
Our Government is proud to be among the best in the world in caring for our veterans. We have invested almost $5 billion since 2006 for services and benefits to assist those who have served our country. The Conservative Government has also guaranteed injured veterans who are unable to work an annual income of $40,000 until the age of 65, and have put a renewed focus on studying Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Although more can always be done, we stand amongst the top veteran assistance programs in the world.
Not only are we proud of our veterans who have put their lives on the line in defence of our freedoms, we are also proud of our young people at home who are learning strong life skills as members of the Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps. Just last month, our very own 2276 Fort St. John Army Cadet Corps became affiliated with the Princess Patricia`s Canadian Light Infantry, based out of Edmonton. The change in affiliation from the Kamloops-based Rocky Mountain Rangers to the Princess Patricia`s Canadian Light Infantry will mean less travel time and more opportunity for Cadets to learn from active military personnel.
This November 11, I will be remembering and saying thank you in Dawson Creek. 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.
Lest we forget,
Bob Zimmer, MP
Prince George-Peace River