This Remembrance Day we remember more than the wars of the past. We remember the lives lost, the sacrifices made and the innocent people forever impacted on and off the battlefields where our brave men and women fought.
Every Remembrance Day holds a special place in the hearts of Canadians and November 11, 2018 is particularly special as it marks that 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. This was a day that brought peace to World War I and hope to countless people around the world who were devastated by years of unprecedented conflict.
One hundred years after Armistice Day we remain a world impacted by conflict that requires the vigilance of our honourable Canadian soldiers and peacekeepers. We honour them by remembering the sacrifice of those soldiers who have died and the dedication of those soldiers serving now.
Armistice Day does not simply mark the end of a devastating war. It is a symbol of where hope and action come together. We hope for a peaceful future where everyone has the opportunity to pursue their passions and achieve prosperity. We act to make this future possible. The sacrifices of our soldiers deserve our respect and our efforts to ensure Canada’s freedom and security.
Canada is a diverse and free nation because of those who have defended freedom, diversity, dignity and respect for all and the protection of the innocent the world over. What we do and learn at the University of Waterloo is only possible in large part because of those men and women who have served and continue to serve in the armed forces.
Please join me in a moment of silent remembrance 11:00 AM on Sunday and by acting upon the ideals that make this great country a beacon of peace and prosperity the world over.
Lest we forget.