After the recent acts of terror in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and in Ottawa, I feel that this Remembrance Day holds a special meaning for us all. We certainly have been hit with the clearest of reminders that our members of the Canadian Armed Forces put their lives on the line every day for our safety and freedom. But these senseless acts of violence will only strengthen our resolve as Canadians. And as Prime Minister Stephen Harper said, “Together, we will remain vigilant against those at home or abroad who wish to harm us.”
In the face of these brutal attacks, we mustn’t forget that this year marked some important milestones in history. We honoured the 75th anniversary of Canada’s engagement in the Second World War. We also commemorated the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. In the years since these battles, our Canadian Forces have never wavered in their bravery and resolve to stand up for their country, from the Korean War to the more recent missions in Afghanistan and everything in between.
And as our country and the world continue to face threats and conflict, we will not stand idly by. We are always ready to defend our beliefs and values like the thousands of brave Canadians who have done so before us.
Let us take this time to pay tribute to the lives and accomplishments of our brave men and women in uniform, from all generations; especially to Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Corporal Nathan Cirillo, who were taken from us too soon.
We thank you for your service, and we will never forget the terrible price of war.
Lest we forget.