OTTAWA, Oct. 3, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, issued the following statement today regarding the first annual Army Reserve Recognition Day:
"Canada's reservists play an important role in today's Canadian Forces. In the past 10 years, their contributions have grown substantially. Most recently, in Afghanistan, reservists served alongside their Regular Force comrades. When you consider that these individuals undertake much of their training on weekends and often also hold a civilian job, it is a remarkable accomplishment.
Today's Army Reserve was once known as the militia; groups of organized citizens providing protection for their families and communities from outside threats. These groups were made up of settlers equipped with whatever weapons were at hand. With time, the concept has evolved to more organized military units trained to meet the changing needs of society. During the First and Second World Wars, reservists were active members of the war efforts, participating fully at home and overseas. In more recent years, the Army Reserve has progressively increased its operational role in Canada's worldwide contributions to peace and security.
As Canadians, we must recognize and remember these individuals who are our neighbours and co-workers. They have contributed toward Canada's efforts for peace. Many of them are Veterans of past wars or peacekeeping missions and some have given their lives in this important service. Today we remember our Canadian Army reservists."
SOURCE Veterans Affairs Canada