Remembrance Day is an important day of reflection in Canada and many countries around the world.

November 11th marks the anniversary of the formal end of the First World War hostilities. On this day we remember and honour all the individuals who have and continue to serve in Canada’s Armed Forces through times of war, armed conflict and peace.

As we commemorate Remembrance Day, it is important to reflect on the many diverse communities who have served and sacrificed for our country since the First World War. Canada’s Indigenous, Black and other racialized soldiers served this country bravely while also facing discrimination at home. Over the decades, the diversity of our veterans has continued to evolve. This year marks the 30th anniversary of end of the Gulf War, the first conflict in which women served in combat roles for Canada’s Armed Forced.

This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the poppy, which we wear in remembrance of those who lost their lives. As we honour their memory, let us also remember the values, freedoms and rights they fought for and sought to protect.

I encourage you all to take a moment at 11:00 a.m. to reflect and remember.