Today is Remembrance Day. I defer to my old friend Mark Graham, who reminds us why we remember:
There is much for us to be proud of. During the First World War, Canadian soldiers were exemplary members of the Allied Forces. Having given lives loyally in the battle at the Somme and elsewhere, Canada came into its own on the world stage at Vimy Ridge. 150 000 British and French soldiers had died in entirely unsuccessful efforts to retake the strategic position from the Germans. In the first Canadian-planned, Canadian-led attack of the campaign, 100 000 Canadian soldiers took the Ridge in a matter of days, advancing methodically behind an enormous artillery barrage. They paid with nearly 4000 lives, but our Army turned the tide in the war, repelling the German aggressors and protecting our British family. Our nation was and is justly proud.
During the Second World War the sons and daughters of many of those fighters, along with newer Canadians and others, rose to the great challenge history had thrust upon the world. Having suffered through the depression, these were folks who dreamt of providing for their families and living quitely and in peace. They recognized, however, the threat posed to the decent and free life they hoped to lead, and they enlisted in enormous numbers to fight a battle on behalf of common humanity half a world away. 10% of the Canadian population joined the Armed Forces during the Second World War and again our heroes distinguished themselves in battle: at the invasion of Normandy the Canadian Forces overcame some of the heaviest enemy resistance and advanced further than the forces of any other nation. Our allies, and not least the beleaguered and oppressed peoples of Europe, knew they could rely on Canada.
Our soldiers continue to make us proud today, serving loyally and with distinction whenever their nation calls upon them.
God bless those who have given their lives for our freedom, and pray for our soldiers still in harm’s way.
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