Op-Ed – Remembrance Day

On Remembrance Day, Canadians come together to pay tribute to those past and present who served our great country with courage and compassion.

Indeed, the selfless service of our Canadian Armed Forces members during times of war, conflict and peace have helped define and shape our country. Because of their determination and self-sacrifice, we continue to live in peace and security.

Like many families throughout our region and across Canada, Remembrance Day has a special meaning for me and my family. My great uncles served honourably in World War II, and my cousins have served with the Canadian Armed Forces and the RCAF. My eldest son is now carrying on this family tradition, as a member of the 872 RCAF Air Cadet Squadron.

We are grateful for Canada’s Veterans who, at great personal costs and for some even the ultimate sacrifice, defended our freedoms. On Remembrance Day, we reflect on these freedoms and renew our determination to never forget the legacy and tremendous sacrifices of Canada’s Veterans.

It is also important to remember that despite the fact that November 11th is the formal day of commemoration, thanking a Veteran, volunteering at your local Legion hall, or donating to a Veteran’s charity need not be limited to one day a year. Our heroes in uniform deserve no less.

This Remembrance Day, I hope you will pay tribute to their service and sacrifice by taking part in one of the many ceremonies in our region.

And, to the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces, both past and present: on behalf of myself, my family, and the residents of Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies I offer our heartfelt thank you for your service.

Lest we forget.

Bob Zimmer
Member of Parliament
Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies