Remembrance, from generation to generation

News Article / November 25, 2016

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By Ruthanne Urquhart

Since the First World War—the war to end all wars—and all the wars that followed, Canadians have gathered each year, wherever they may be on November 11, to remember the fallen.

Husbands, wives, fathers and mothers, grandparents, aunts and uncles, friends and colleagues – there probably is not a Canadian anywhere who could look back through her or his family tree, through friends’ and neighbours’ families, and not find someone who gave his or her life so that we can live free and safe, and watch our children thrive in peace.

And this does not apply only to Canadian-born citizens of our nation. It applies to every person who lives in Canada – born and raised, new citizens, refugees. With the exception of First Nations and Inuit Canadians, we all spring from, or are, newcomers who landed on Canada’s shores in search of peace and freedom.

On Remembrance Day and every day, all Canadians owe a debt of gratitude to everyone who has sacrificed to create and maintain Canada, to the First Nations warriors who fought in the War of 1812—55 years before Canada became a nation—through all of the warriors, sailors, soldiers, nurses, airmen, airwomen, and countless others since who have fought and who serve today to achieve and maintain our peace and freedom.

On November 11, we remember them, we thank them, and we renew our promise to them to value and defend Canada.

And, most importantly, we teach our children to do so, too.

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