Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

November 11, 2013 11:43 ET

Statement by Minister Nicholson on Remembrance Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 11, 2013) - The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls and Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement today in recognition of Remembrance Day:

"On this solemn day, Canadians honour our men and women in uniform, who have served and continue to serve with courage and dedication, at home and abroad. We also pause to remember the sailors, soldiers,, airmen and airwomen, and special operations forces that have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, laying down their lives to protect our freedom and security.

Canadian Armed Forces members have always stood ready to defend Canada and North America, and to contribute to international peace and security. Approximately two million Canadians have served their country in the last century, participating in two World Wars, a decade of operations in Afghanistan, and numerous other conflict zones in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

For generations, people all over the world have paused at 11 a.m. on Remembrance Day to pray and reflect on the sacrifices made by those who served their country.

This year Canadians pause to mourn but also to celebrate the proud military traditions of our great country, and the brave actions of our service men and women, whose dedication and selfless sacrifice should inspire us all.

I know I speak for all Canadians on this Remembrance Day in expressing our heartfelt gratitude and support to our troops and their families.

Lest we forget."

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