Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

November 05, 2012 09:00 ET

Minister MacKay Statement on Veterans Week

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 5, 2012) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence issued the following statement today on Veterans Week:

"Every year during Veterans' Week, we honour our Canadian Forces veterans - especially those who lost their lives while serving their country. Our veterans have fought to maintain the freedoms we enjoy, to bring peace to people in far-away lands, and to ensure a better future for our children and grandchildren.

"Since Confederation, two million Canadian soldiers, sailors, air personnel and special forces have served their country overseas, and more than 110,000 men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

"The Canadian Forces are proud to be part of a legacy that has been built by our nation's veterans, who shaped the leadership and professionalism of those who serve today. The men and women of today's Canadian Forces carry on their proud tradition of service.

"On any given day, Canada's military members can be called upon to aid communities, to patrol our borders, and to work together with other nations in the forging of a more stable and secure world.

"Just a year ago, the Canadian Forces concluded a significant and successful effort to protect the people of Libya against violent threats from repressive Gaddafi regime.

"The deployment of Canadian Forces naval and air assets to the Mediterranean demonstrated Canada's ability and willingness to rapidly respond to international humanitarian crises. I am proud of the great work done by the Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal Canadian Air Force members in protecting the people of Libya.

"Everywhere within the defence family are men and women who have played a part in bettering the world, just as their brave forefathers had done, and Canadians have embraced their modern-day heroes with pride. This Veterans Week, go to a local school to see a Canadian Forces member speak, or join them in participating in ceremonies on Remembrance Day, and celebrate their service to this wonderful country."

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