QUEEN'S PARK, Nov. 11 /CNW/ - NDP Leader Howard Hampton made the
following statement today to mark Remembrance Day.
"November 11th is Remembrance Day. It's a day when Canadians pay tribute
to the sacrifices of brave women and men of the armed forces and civilians in
times of war.
"On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, we remember those
who answered the call to duty and fought so we could live in peace and who
died so we could be free - during the Boer War, World War I, World War II, the
Korean War and peacekeeping missions where Canadians served and paid the
"Remembrance Day is a day to pay tribute to the armed forces personnel
serving Canada today - a new generation of sons and daughters, brothers and
sisters, mothers and fathers, friends and neighbours who have put themselves
in harm's way at the call of their country. We pray for comfort for families
who have lost their loved ones, for true and lasting peace in the countries
where our soldiers are serving, and for our soldiers' safe and speedy return
home to their loved ones.
"Remembrance Day is also a day for all Canadians to reflect on our own
duties. It's a day to commit ourselves to doing everything we can to carry the
torch of the soldiers from the very first Remembrance Day who vowed 'Never
Again.' And it's a day for all of us to stand for fairness and dignity for
veterans when they come home and their uniforms are off.
"On behalf of New Democrats, I want to invite all Ontarians to go to
Remembrance Day ceremonies in their local communities, pay tribute to great
Canadians, and to reflect on this day and its lessons with even more
commitment this year than ever."
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