Remembrance Day Reflections

Published on November 06, 2018

The Community Voice MPP Column / November 1, 2018


"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others."

- Sir Winston Churchill


I am honored and privileged to take part as your Kanata-Carleton MPP representative in our communities Remembrance Day activities.  

A few weeks ago, I brought greetings from the Premier and the Government of Ontario to West Carleton Branch 616 in ceremonies that recognized the 50th anniversary of its membership in the Royal Canadian Legion. That night we recognized Korean War veterans Stan Grover and Peter Wilkens, as well as Dr. Roly Armitage, who served Canada in WWII.

We are very fortunate in Kanata-Carleton to host the Royal Canadian Legion Dominion Command as well as two active Legion Branches, the one in Constance Bay, and Branch 638 in Kanata. Legion members are to be commended for their volunteer services in our community and for the fine example they set for us all in demonstrating the core values of civic duty.

There are many November 11th services in Kanata etched in my memory: those I attended as a girl with my parents, and then as a mother with my children and their schoolmates. Last year, I attended the West Carleton service at the Cenotaph in Carp and was moved by the many young people who attended. This year, I will attend the Kanata service to lay a wreath of remembrance for the Government of Ontario.

We have much to be grateful for in Canada. We live in a complex world and, today, there are places around the globe where people suffer and fear for their lives. Yet in Canada we have the luxuries of freedom, safety, and an abundance of riches. These luxuries have been passed down from our Canadian ancestors’ toil as well as their willingness to defend their beliefs in the times when they were being challenged.

The men and women who served in the World Wars and the wars Canada has participated in since, command our respect and our gratitude for securing our quality of life, our liberties and democratic freedoms. Similarly, we must recognize and thank the Canadian Forces personnel who today serve our country around the world for their steadfast commitment to our country. It is so important our citizenry, particularly our youth, do not devalue the tremendous costs of our peace and freedom.

For these significant reasons, we must take the time on November 11th to be grateful. Though the Remembrance Day service honours our Canadian past, it is also a time to reflect on our country’s fortunes and to hope for a world without war and human suffering. Through this reflection, may we find the promise and commitment to ensure a better world tomorrow.