PRIME Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday issued the following statement on Remembrance Day:
“Today, we come together to honour the brave Canadians in uniform who have served our country throughout our history. They’ve built peace. They’ve defended democracy. And they’ve enabled countless people to live in freedom – at home and around the world.
“Remembrance Day was first held in 1919 on the first anniversary of the armistice agreement that ended the First World War. A century later, our respect and admiration for Canada’s fallen and veterans has not wavered. We owe them and their families an immeasurable debt of gratitude. We honour all those who have served, including the many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit veterans and current service members.
“Today, we pay tribute to our veterans, to those who have been injured in the line of duty, and to all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. They stood for liberty, and sacrificed their future for the future of others. Their selflessness and courage continue to inspire Canadians who serve today.
“At 11 a.m., I encourage everyone to observe the two minutes of silence in recognition of the brave Canadians who fought for us. Today, we thank our service members, past and present, for all they have done to keep us and people around the world safe. They represent the very best of what it means to be Canadian.
“Lest we forget.”
BC Premier John Horgan has issued the following statement in honour of Remembrance Day:
“At the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, British Columbians will gather at cenotaphs throughout B.C to honour veterans, armed forces members and merchant marines who have served our country.
“On Remembrance Day, we reflect on the horrors of war, loved ones lost and the sacrifice of those who returned to us with injuries, both visible and invisible.
“For generations, Canadians have bravely risked their lives to protect ours. We must never forget their sacrifice. We must stand united against hate, violence and intolerance. And we must work together to build a more peaceful world.
“Lest we forget.”
B.C. Opposition Leader Andrew Wilkinson released the following statement for Remembrance Day:
“Today, we remember the sacrifice of the countless men and women who have served our country and ensured that we are able to enjoy the freedoms we do every day as Canadians.
“Last year we marked the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War and next year we will mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. As these horrible conflicts fall further from living memory we must make every effort to ensure that the horrors of war are never forgotten.
“Every day, and on Remembrance Day especially, it is important for us all to reflect on what it means to be Canadian and how we must ensure those values that were fought for so many years ago, continue to be a part of our lives today.
“On behalf of the entire BC Liberal Caucus we send our thanks to those who are serving today, those who fought before, and to their loved ones who remember them, their victories, and their sacrifices.
“We thank you and we remember you.”