Lest We Forget…
Hence, today is a very important day in Esquimalt.
This is a special day to pay tribute to the veterans who have courageously served our country in the past as we remember their valiant efforts throughout our nation’s history. This is also an opportunity to show our support for the men and women who currently serve.
Our Canadian military has made many sacrifices in the name of peace, not only for Canada but for many other countries around the world.
Today’s ceremony at the Cenotaph in Memorial Park is symbolic in showing fellow Canadians and our troops that we care and honour those who fought for our freedom, our peace, and our resolve.
We can never forget the sacrifices that our soldiers have made and we must advocate to ensure our veterans receive the services and respect that they have so valiantly earned. We need to be a helping hand to returning soldiers going through the shift from frontline combat to the safety and security of home and family. We need to ensure thousands of vets have access to help for those that need to talk through what they experienced in combat and what they are striving to overcome.
We must take part in the Poppy campaign year after year to serve as a reminder of our responsibility in remembering to remember. We must ensure the tradition of remembrance is observed by Esquimalt every year at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month. We must relive the very special tradition that first began when guns went silent marking the end of World War I and the remembrance began of those who would never return home.
We must always be mindful of our military and support all Canadian troops regardless of their activity being in the past, present, at home or abroad. In addition, we support the families of our soldiers.
We support the crucial need to remind our society’s children and youth that all the freedom and liberty they enjoy today as Canadians came at a cost, one of irreplaceable value. A cost that involved generation upon generation of fallen soldiers fighting to protect the basic freedoms that too often get taken for granted
From the fields of World War I all the way to the desolate mountains of Afghanistan, we as Canadians need to show support for our men and women who have and continue to place themselves in harm’s way for all Canadians.
To date, there have been 152 Canadian casualties in Afghanistan, each leaving behind a family, a home, and a community. These 152 brave souls join the thousands of Canadian soldiers who have lost their lives throughout our history. We honour all of them today and we give thanks to all the veterans that are still with us today.
We will never forget you and everything that you have done in defense of Canada and our values as a nation.