“Each year at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, we join with all Canadians to pause in a moment of silent reflection and respect for the men and women who have served in defence of our country and our freedoms. It is our way to remember our debt of gratitude to the veterans of today and of yesterday.

“It has been said that in war, there are no unwounded soldiers. Throughout our nation’s history, Canadians have stepped up to defend the core values – freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law – that our society holds dear. Each soldier, sailor and aviator paid a price, as did their families, so we could enjoy the lives of peace, dignity and comfort that we have today.

“We can never repay the debt we owe them, but we can honour their courage in the face of evil and their sacrifice on our behalf. Today, 105 years after the end of the First World War, it is just as important for us to remember the cost of our freedom.

“All across the province, ceremonies are being held to pay tribute to our veterans and I encourage every Albertan to attend one, observe a moment of silence and place their poppy at the cenotaph as a sign of respect.

“Lest we forget.”