OTTAWA, Nov. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of
Veterans Affairs, issued the following message on the occasion of
Remembrance Day 2013:
"Today, we honour brave Canadian men and women in uniform who have
served our country during times of war, military conflict and peace.
Throughout our nation's history, Canadians have been asked to defend
and sacrifice for the values of peace and freedom around the world. For
generations, Canadians have bravely stood ready and responded as such.
"This year we mark the 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended the active fighting in the
Korean War, which was one of Canada's most significant military
engagements of the 20th century. More than 26,000 Canadians served in the Korean War between
1950 and 1953.
"We also mark the 95th anniversary of the end of the First World War and the 65th anniversary of United Nations peacekeeping operations. In 2014, we will
enter a period where Canadians will be marking major international
anniversaries of the Great Wars.
"On these occasions and throughout the year, Canadians pause to remember
the sacrifices of these brave men and women. We remember those who, in
defending peace and freedom, paid the ultimate price with their lives,
as well as those who have served Canada in uniform.
"Canada's Veterans are respected around the world—respected for their
dedication, for their courage and for their compassion. Today,
Canadians gather together in solidarity in communities from coast to
coast to coast to pay tribute to our soldiers, sailors and air
personnel—wherever and whenever they served.
"This year, on Remembrance Day, show you remember by attending a Remembrance Day ceremony, visiting a local cenotaph or
monument, sharing your thoughts of remembrance online or wearing a
poppy with pride. Let us remember the brave Canadian men and women in
uniform whose self-sacrifices have helped to make life better for
Canadians and for the world.
"Lest we forget."
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Media Relations Advisor
Veterans Affairs Canada
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs