OTTAWA, Nov. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of
Veterans Affairs, issued the following statement on the occasion of
Remembrance Day 2012:
"Today, Canadians remember the men and women from all branches of the
armed forces and all walks of life who have served our country with
courage and dedication in peace and in war.
"More than 2.3 million Canadians have served our country since
Confederation; there are so many individuals we can pause to remember.
"The men and women who have served our great country gave selflessly for
our freedom, and one way we repay them is by remembering their
sacrifices. Remembrance Day is also an occasion to pay tribute to
Veterans' families and other loved ones who have sacrificed so much for
"Veterans helped build the Canada we know and love. They gave everything
they had for everything we have today. We are proud of what Veterans
have accomplished for the protection of our country and the promotion
of our Canadian values of peace, democracy, and the rule of law around
"All Canadians—young and old—should be inspired to take the time to
remember those who gave so much without ever questioning the cost.
"Throughout the past year, we have marked a number of significant
historical military milestones, including the 95th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the 95th anniversary of the capture of Passchendaele and the 70th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid. Recognizing these important
anniversaries ensures that the stories of our Veterans will live on for
generations to come.
"As we mark Remembrance Day, it is our duty to pass on the legacy and
keep the memories of our Canadian Veterans alive. Show your
appreciation to our Veterans for their sacrifices and their
achievements. Not just today, but every day—take time to remember.
"Lest we forget."
Image with caption: "L-R: Roxanne Priede, Silver Cross Mother, David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, Sharon Johnston, Marjory LeBreton, Leader of the Government in the Senate, Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and Gordon Moore, Dominion President, The Royal Canadian Legion. (CNW Group/Veterans Affairs Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121111_C6911_PHOTO_EN_20486.jpg
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Media Relations Advisor
Veterans Affairs Canada
Jean-Christophe de le Rue
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs