OTTAWA, Nov. 11, 2015 /CNW/ - The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement on the occasion of Remembrance Day 2015:
"Each year, on this day, Canadians gather around the cenotaphs and memorials in their communities to express their gratitude for the contributions of Canada's service men and women, and to pay respects to those who have died in the name of peace and freedom.
"It is immensely humbling to consider that, since Confederation, more than 2.3 million Canadians have selflessly served our country so that we may know a better world.
"This past year, we marked a number of significant events in which Canadians played vital roles, including the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands, helping lead to Victory in Europe, and the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in the Far East.
"This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the writing of In Flanders Fields. Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae's iconic poem resonated across the commonwealth, a truly cherished piece of Canadian history.
"I thank the many Veterans' groups throughout the country dedicated to those who served, like the Royal Canadian Legion, whose tireless commitment to our Veterans and fallen heroes has kept alive that poignant tradition of wearing a poppy and has continued to draw generations of Canadians to commemorative ceremonies across Canada.
"It is an incredibly moving experience to stand among these brave men and women and the thousands of grateful Canadians who come together in the spirit of remembrance. Reflecting on the deep sacrifices of those who have served and commemorating their achievements, we are all connected and inspired by our shared history."
"For our Veterans and those who have died, let us make certain that they know today and always: We will remember them."
SOURCE Veterans Affairs Canada
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