Remembrance Day Tribute

October 28, 2008
This Remembrance Day will be the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War.  It was on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month that the guns on the Western front went silent and the Armistice began.  A year later, the tradition of the Remembrance Day ceremony was started by King George V.  Across the Commonwealth ceremonies were held to commemorate the end of hostilities and to honour the sacrifices of our Veterans and our fallen soldiers.  The tradition was begun to pay our respect to the 600,000 Canadians who went overseas between 1914 and 1918 and to the 60,000 Canadians who made the ultimate sacrifice and never returned.  For a small nation of 8 million it was a tremendous effort.  Remembrance Day today includes our Veterans of World War Two, Korea, our Peacekeeping efforts around the world and Afghanistan.

Our soldiers fought, and still fight, to defend our country, our values and to make our world a better place.  Ours is a debt we will forever owe and we must never forget.  Especially now with so many Veterans ageing, it is the responsibility of each and every one of us to ensure that their memories are passed down to future generations.  Please, take the opportunity this Remembrance Day to honour our Veterans, listen to stories, show your appreciation and remember. 

Yours,

Earl Dreeshen, MP
Red Deer