The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Remembrance Day:
“Today, let us remember and honour the many Canadians who have fought so bravely in defence of our country throughout our history, so that we might enjoy peace, freedom and democracy.
“Our Canadian Armed Forces have earned tremendous respect for their remarkable contributions to promoting international peace and security. From coast to coast to coast, we pay special tribute to those who have given their lives in service. We also honour those Canadians who have worked to prevent the tragedies of war in international peacekeeping operations around the globe.
“Members of our Armed Forces – past and present – routinely put their lives on the line for our country. They represent the very best of what it means to be Canadian.
“We have an obligation to our country’s women and men in uniform, our veterans, and their families. As a government, we will honour this social covenant with the respect and gratitude it deserves.
“I call on Canadians to join me in expressing our heartfelt gratitude to all those who have worked and fought so courageously to keep us safe. Today, and every day, we remain committed to ensuring they have nothing less than the care and support of a grateful nation.
“We will Remember Them.”(PMO)
Statement from Premier Rachel Notley on Remembrance Day
Premier Rachel Notley provided the following statement on Remembrance Day, 2015:
“On November 11, the same day the guns went silent in World War 1, let us all reflect upon the courage of ordinary men and women who were called upon to perform extraordinary acts of heroism and sacrifice. Thousands of Albertans answered that call with pride and patriotism.
“Remembrance Day reminds us that the freedoms we enjoy came at a terrible cost. Those who served were separated from their loved ones. Many were left with physical and emotional wounds. Many others never returned home.
“That sacrifice continues into the present day, as the women and men in our armed forces continue to give so much – from time spent away from their families, to their very lives – to serve others in conflict zones, natural disasters and humanitarian crisis situations. We have much to remember, and a debt we can never repay.
“This Remembrance Day we also honour the 100th anniversary of John McCrae’s immortal poem, In Flanders Fields. That poem gave us the enduring symbol of remembrance, the poppy.
“So this Remembrance Day, please wear a poppy to show respect for Canadians in uniform, past and present. Remember with gratitude the price paid for our many freedoms. And thank those who continue to serve us and our country.”