Today, November 11th, we honour the memory of those who served Canada during the Boer War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the conflict in Afghanistan, and peace-keeping operations. We remember those who gave their lives in the service of Canada. We also pay tribute and give thanks to those currently prepared to defend Canada.
Now, 75 years after WWII ended, we are approaching a time when living memory of that conflict is coming to an end. For those who have living relatives from that time, especially veterans of the war, I urge you to listen to their experiences while you can.
Please take stock of some of the values we hold dearly as Canadians; peace, freedom, pluralism, and democracy. These principles underpin every aspect of our society, and Canadians have defended them at a great cost through the years.
We owe a debt of gratitude to those who fought, those who died, and those who continue to serve today.
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