It was 90 years ago this week that Canadians observed the very first Remembrance Day.
The anniversary of the armistice that brought the First World War to an end in 1918 and launched what many had hoped would be a new era of peace and prosperity in the world.
We know this was not to be, and that war would soon erupt again.
We honour those who served Canada and those who continue to serve today, in times of war, military conflict and peace. We remain committed to telling their stories.
People who, for reasons all their own, chose to protect the rights of others and fight for peace and freedom in the world.
These were the ideals for which many of them died.
They were ordinary Canadians who did extraordinary things.
And today, their country commemorates their service.
To you, Canada’s Veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces, we stand here in your honour and thank you for the sacrifices you’ve made on our behalf.
And with you, we remember the many Canadians who gave their lives while serving.
Lest we forget.