Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

November 09, 2007 16:34 ET

Message from the Minister of Veterans Affairs

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 9, 2007) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, issued the following message on the occasion of Remembrance Day 2007:

We live in a blessed nation and we owe much of that - if not all of that - to our Veterans, to the brave men and women in uniform who have always stood up for Canada.

As Canadians, we understand that freedom is not free. Freedom has never been free. It comes with a cost, a terrible price to our country and to all of us. During this Veterans' Week, communities across Canada have shown remarkable leadership by hosting Remembrance ceremonies and events to pay tribute to our Veterans' great sacrifices and great achievements.

Throughout our history, Canada's service men and women have earned respect all over the world; it's the kind of respect that makes us proud to call ourselves Canadian. This sense of pride brings a nation together like nothing else. And, as those who have served our country will tell you, the greatest gift we can give them in return is the Gift of Remembrance.

On Remembrance Day, Canadians from our largest cities to our smallest villages will stand shoulder to shoulder to pay tribute to our Veterans, to honour those who did not return home, and to support those who continue to serve Canada at home and abroad.

The Gift of Remembrance may be a small act, but by preserving it for future generations, we are ensuring that our truest heroes will never be forgotten.

Lest we forget.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7468
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications
    613-996-4649