OTTAWA, Nov. 11, 2016 /CNW/ - The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement today on the occasion of Remembrance Day 2016:
"Every year on Remembrance Day, Canadians come together at memorials and local cenotaphs to honour those who have served and continue to serve our great country.
"More than 2.3 million Canadians have served in our armed forces since Confederation. We remember those Canadians who answered the call of duty to defend peace, freedom and democracy. Their selfless dedication and courage has given us the Canada we enjoy today.
"As we pause on Remembrance Day, we recall military events that took place around the world; from South Africa to Flanders, Bosnia to Kandahar, and Kapyong to Hong Kong and pay tribute to the exceptional achievements made by Canadian men and women in uniform. Their efforts have helped build a legacy for our tomorrow.
"Let us continue to show our brave men and women in uniform, past and present, especially those that made the ultimate sacrifice, that we remember them."
SOURCE Veterans Affairs Canada
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