“On Nov. 11 we set aside our daily cares to remember the brave men and women who have fought for our nation and our values. Throughout our nation’s history, more than 2.3 million Canadians have put themselves forward when peace and order came under attack. More than 118,000 never came home.
“Canadians have sacrificed greatly in conflicts around the world. We remember the bravery of our Canadian Armed Forces at Ypres and Vimy Ridge during the First World War, at Juno Beach and Dieppe during the Second World War, at Kapyong during the Korean War and Kandahar following the events of 9/11, to name a few.
“We will always honour our soldiers for their courage and selflessness. The poppies we wear are a small act of remembrance, respect and appreciation for all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defence of our freedom and way of life. The annual ceremonies and time of remembrance at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month are our way to pay tribute to those who fought for us in the past and honour those who continue to stand up for us today.
“Lest we forget.”