Remembrance Day Message

Nov. 10, 2020

Lest We Forget:  Though we are suffering through the deprivations of this pandemic, we should take our time to reflect on what a great country we live in and how we got here.

Remembrance Day is our public holiday to remember those who lost their lives not only in the service of their country, but in the service of their community. Scattered throughout Canada, in small towns and in great ones, in city centres and parks, you’ll find Cenotaphs marking the names of those sent overseas to fight who never came back. These, in some cases, represented half a generation of the youth of a town, and their loss left a mark that was never forgotten.

This country was in some ways created by that half-lost generation, and from those losses we built the freedoms which we now enjoy.

In Canada, we have one of the highest qualities of life for working people that this world has to offer. We live in a place that protects freedom of speech, the freedom of assembly, the right to organize and the right to strike. These rights, we must remember, are not enjoyed by everyone. Even now, while we get a small sample of what life was like during wartime, with all its uncertainty and disruption, we must remember and give thanks to all those that have fought in order to provide us this great country.

Their sacrifices were not in vain, we will remember them and commit ourselves to never losing another generation to war.