In recognition of Remembrance Day 2014

Mr. Silver:   I rise today on behalf of the Liberal caucus to pay tribute to Remembrance Day. It is on Remembrance Day that we recognize the sacrifices of the men and women who Canada sent to lay down their lives in foreign lands. This day marks the day and time where soldiers laid down their arms and stopped fighting in World War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

We have had a few opportunities to commemorate our military personnel and our veterans since this session began. Unfortunately, it is because of tragic events that have taken place in the last month. These events serve to remind us that our values, our way of life and our democracy do not come easy. Canada’s men and women have defended our freedoms in conflict zones since World War I, and the sad reality is the battle rages on.

On Tuesday we will come together as Canadians along with others in the Commonwealth nations for a moment of silence. We will recognize the more than 1,500,000 Canadians who have served throughout our nation’s great history and the more than 118,000 who made the ultimate sacrifice. This Remembrance Day, as we do every year, we will add a few new names of Canadians that we will remember.

We wear the poppy before and on Remembrance Day in memory of those men and women to show our respect and our support for Canadian troops and veterans and commemorate their sacrifices. Remembrance Day services will be held all across Canada and I will once again be attending at the ones in Dawson City. Lest we forget.