Today we remember the ultimate sacrifices made by Canada’s brave men and women in uniform. We honour the legacies they left behind and we thank those who have given up so much for our great country.
While the battles of today look much different than the ones fought by our parents, grandparents and even great grandparents, today’s soldiers still work with the same virtues: courage, bravery and determination.
This Remembrance Day we honour those who willingly placed themselves in harm’s way to stand up for what is right and to protect the values we as Canadian’s hold dear. As we walk down the streets of our hometowns, attend church services and read books, magazines and newspapers let us do so with an understanding of the ultimate price paid by our men and women for these freedoms.
Men and women continue to answer the call to protect our freedoms. They continue to lay down their lives to protect peace around the world. Our maple leaf flag continues to stand as a symbol of bravery and peace on a global basis.
This has also been a time of change as we have seen many events take place around the world in the past year. With change comes hope, hope for a better tomorrow for the millions of people affected by these changes. It is a future we pray is filled with peace and healing.
As we think about the thousands of Canadian’s who have given their lives, we also need to think of the families whom they left behind. Each one who gave their life is a child of a mother and father, each one of them are loved and missed. Lives cut short, dreams left unfulfilled and future generations of families lost. They gave up everything. They gave up everything so future generations of Canadians would live free and this world would be a better place.
We extend our gratitude to the spouses and children of those serving who remain here at home. As we listen to reports and watch the news each day we are removed from the anxiety felt by the families who have been left behind. Let us be thankful and supportive to the families.
Let us all be proud of our men and women and let us never forget nor take for granted what they sacrifice for us on a daily basis.
On behalf of Prime Minister Harper and the Government of Canada and as your Member of Parliament I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the sacrifices made by Canadians from coast to coast to coast and join together with you today in a day of remembrance.
Lest We Forget.
Thank you and God bless you all,
Leon E. Benoit, MP