Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

November 11, 2006 11:00 ET

Message from the Minister of Veterans Affairs

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 11, 2006) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, issued the following message on the occasion of Remembrance Day 2006:

Our men and women in uniform forged this nation's identity on the distant battlefields of the past century. In the First and Second World Wars, in the Korean War, in military operations and on Peacekeeping missions around the world, our soldiers have made Canada proud.

We know that our freedom is not free. It never has been free. The freedoms that we often take for granted have come with a heavy price for our country.

It is this Torch of Remembrance that we raise so proudly each Veterans' Week and on Remembrance Day. This year, the theme could not be more fitting: "Share The Story."

Not only are we encouraging our Veterans to share their stories, we are urging Canadians -- Canadians in every region of this country -- to take the time to listen.

We must also pause to think about our men and women in uniform today. Brave Canadians still serving around the world, in such troubled spots as Afghanistan. They, as those who came before them, know the threats we face today are real, and the cause is just.

And just as in decades gone by, our men and women in uniform should know they have earned the thanks, and they have earned the praise, of a grateful nation. Today. Forever. Lest We Forget.

For more information on Veterans' Week 2006 visit the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Special Assistant - Communications