Remembrance Day is a time of reflection for those who call Canada home. We remember those who have fought. We remember those who have and continue to serve. And, we remember the countless who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the name of protecting our nation and our way of life.
We cannot take what we have for granted. We cannot take the sacrifices of our heroes for granted. This is especially true to remember during this time of COVID-19 when it can be easy to be distracted by our new day-to-day.
Today, we remember those who have served in the Armed Forces, not only because of their sacrifices, but also who they fought for, what they stood for and why Canada is stronger because of those actions. Our veterans have shown the world that Canada and Canadians strive for what is right in the face of hate and injustice. They have shown there is no room to stand idly by when there are those in need of safety and support.
As we remember our veterans, it is imperative to reflect on the diversity of our heroes in uniform. Our Indigenous soldiers from First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities and those People of Colour have fought for you, fought for me and many have died for all of us and our way of life. There is no doubt that we are a stronger nation because of them.
It is important to note that remembrance is not a passive action. Taking a moment to think about the sacrifice of those who have served our nation on the field of battle and in peacekeeping missions the world over, is the least we can do to carry on the tradition of “lest we forget”.
Take this one step further. Talk about our veterans, past and present. Talk about their accomplishments at Vimy Ridge, in Afghanistan, Kosovo, and so many other areas of conflict. And, show your appreciation whether through a donation to the Poppy Fund or simply wearing the red poppy proudly.
Please take the time today to have a moment of silent remembrance at 11:00 AM and by acting upon the values that make Canada a global beacon of peace, democracy and prosperity.