Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

November 11, 2010 11:00 ET

Message from the Minister of Veterans Affairs

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 11, 2010) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture), issued the following message on the occasion of Remembrance Day 2010:

Canadians enjoy many freedoms, and we owe much of that to the brave men and women who have always been willing to defend our values and way of life. As Canadians, it is our solemn duty to always remember our Veterans' accomplishments and sacrifices with respect and gratitude.

This Remembrance Day, how will you remember?

Today, as a nation, we will join together and pause for a moment of silence. Let's take this moment to remember the countless contributions of our Veterans—to think about the many young men and women who have sacrificed so selflessly to ensure that people around the world might see a better future.

This past year, we marked the passing of Canada's last First World War Veteran, Mr. John Babcock. His death marked the end of an era and reminds us more than ever of the importance of keeping the memories of our Veterans alive.

It is our duty to remember. We must remember the bravery and achievements of events like the South African War, First and Second World Wars and Korean War. We must always remember the sacrifices and successes of peacekeeping missions and military operations such as the Suez, Bosnia, and today in Afghanistan.

These brave men and women are our nation's truest heroes. We are forever indebted to them.

How can we repay this debt of gratitude that we owe them? By serving our Veterans as loyally as they have served our country. The Government of Canada is committed to bettering the quality of life for our Veterans and that commitment is demonstrated by the care and support that we provide to Veterans and their families, where and when they need it. 

Today, let us take the time to stop for a moment. As we mark Remembrance Day, I encourage you to make remembrance more than something you feel . . . make it something you do. Show your appreciation for our Veterans. Thank them for their service, and remember their achievements. Show them how you will remember.

Lest we forget.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Sophie Doucet
    Director of Communications
    Cell.: 613-608-3252