OTTAWA, Nov. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, issued the following message on the occasion of Remembrance Day 2013:
"Today, we honour brave Canadian men and women in uniform who have served our country during times of war, military conflict and peace. Throughout our nation's history, Canadians have been asked to defend and sacrifice for the values of peace and freedom around the world. For generations, Canadians have bravely stood ready and responded as such.
"This year we mark the 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended the active fighting in the Korean War, which was one of Canada's most significant military engagements of the 20th century. More than 26,000 Canadians served in the Korean War between 1950 and 1953.
"We also mark the 95th anniversary of the end of the First World War and the 65th anniversary of United Nations peacekeeping operations. In 2014, we will enter a period where Canadians will be marking major international anniversaries of the Great Wars.
"On these occasions and throughout the year, Canadians pause to remember the sacrifices of these brave men and women. We remember those who, in defending peace and freedom, paid the ultimate price with their lives, as well as those who have served Canada in uniform.
"Canada's Veterans are respected around the world—respected for their dedication, for their courage and for their compassion. Today, Canadians gather together in solidarity in communities from coast to coast to coast to pay tribute to our soldiers, sailors and air personnel—wherever and whenever they served.
"This year, on Remembrance Day, show you remember by attending a Remembrance Day ceremony, visiting a local cenotaph or monument, sharing your thoughts of remembrance online or wearing a poppy with pride. Let us remember the brave Canadian men and women in uniform whose self-sacrifices have helped to make life better for Canadians and for the world.
"Lest we forget."
SOURCE Veterans Affairs Canada