Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

November 10, 2008 16:20 ET

Message From the Minister of Veterans Affairs

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 10, 2008) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, issued the following message on the occasion of Remembrance Day 2008:

On the stroke of the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we will commemorate the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War-and a defining moment for Canada.

Canada's contribution to the First World War was well beyond its status within the international community of that time. Our nation of fewer than eight million people would see more than 650,000 men and women serve. The casualty list of the dead and wounded is a tragic testimony to that commitment-more than 68,000 Canadians and Newfoundlanders died and 170,000 were wounded. Yet Canada emerged from that horrific struggle a different nation.

In the 90 years since the end of the First World War, that extraordinary standard of pride, of courage and Canadian "grit" has been met time and time again by our men and women in uniform. The torch of Remembrance has been passed, not by failing hands, but by strong ones that bear the scars of sacrifice and victory.

Our contribution as a country has not been forgotten, and our Veterans' sacrifice has never been taken for granted. We saw that yet again yesterday at commemorative ceremonies held in France with Canadian Veterans and youth. As we follow the path of the Canadians in the First World War, we are humbled by the respect, honour and gratitude shown in community after community. We share a history of victory and loss. We share the tragedy of war and the hope of peace. And we share the commitment to remember.

As we celebrate Remembrance Day and mark the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War, we pay tribute to the generations of remarkable men and women who came to define the Canada we know today-a nation strong and free and proud. Lest we forget.

Contact Information

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