Remember November 11 because you can, your freedom to do so assured through the bravery of our Canadian veterans. They sacrificed their own lives to give you this privilege.
Those who died went willingly into battle so Canada remained a ‘free’ country today, others, the silent casualties of war, lingered on suffering for it in veterans hospitals or even at home.
“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.” – John Diefenbaker, former Conservative PM, WWI veteran, distinguished QC lawyer, and champion of the Canadian Bill of Rights.
Let us remember them and not just on November 11 but always for their heroism those many years ago. Also remember our new veterans who sacrificed in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Cyprus, and the Golan Heights as peacekeepers.
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them…
As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.” – Robert Laurence Binyon