Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

November 10, 2008 16:14 ET

Statement by the Minister of National Defence for Remembrance Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 10, 2008) - The Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, issued the following statement today for Remembrance Day:

"I am very honoured to be the Minister of National Defence as we mark this special Remembrance Day, one on which we also commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Armistice that ended the First World War. We come together on Remembrance Day to honour Canada's proud military legacy, one courageously earned at Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele, at Juno Beach and Ortona, in the Kapyong Valley and in the Balkans. Our ongoing operations in Afghanistan and the Arabian Sea, in the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East, carry on this noble tradition.

Our Canadian Forces have again and again answered the call in times of crises to stand up for our shared values of freedom, democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law. Whether at home or abroad, the Canadian Forces never stop working towards building a better world. Canada's contribution to the United Nations-mandated, Nato-led mission in Afghanistan is no exception to this tradition. Through the efforts of all three services, the Canadian Forces are working side by side with 40 other like minded countries to ensure the Afghan people have hope for a better future. We are confronting the roots of terror by providing the necessary security in which development and governance can occur.

On this Remembrance Day, I would like to reflect upon the sacrifices that have been made in defence of Canada and Canadians. This is a time when we remember those who have fought and those who have been killed and injured defending the rights and freedoms that we enjoy today. Let us honour their sacrifice and remember their legacy.

Lest we forget."

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