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Remembrance Day

November 11, 2016

Message from the Governor General of Canada
on the Occasion of Remembrance Day

OTTAWA— Each year, we fall silent on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. We do so to remember those who served our country—those who were wounded and those who never came home. We do so to remember their families and loved ones, who also sacrificed so much for Canada. And we do so to think about the terrible cost of war, and of its consequences for our veterans and soldiers.

Today—on Remembrance Day—we say thank you to those who served Canada so bravely.

As we mark this moment with sombre reflection, our thoughts also turn to the year ahead.  In 2017, we will not only celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, but also mark the centennial of the battles of Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele, as well as the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid.

It’s important to know what happened so we can honour those who were there for us. Our soldiers, past and present—as well as their families—have given so much in support of our country.  Now, it’s our turn to support them. By remembering. By honouring. By committing ourselves to finding peaceful solutions to our problems.

On Remembrance Day, let us recall the bravery, service and dedication of so many men and women in uniform. Lest we forget.

David Johnston




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