Remembrance Day is a Day of Gratitude

Published on November 03, 2020

The October MPP column in Community Voice 

Repost November 3rd

I am honored to take part in our community’s Remembrance Day activities as your Kanata-Carleton MPP representative. It was Sir Winston Churchill who observed, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the other.” As a Canadian who has grown up in this wonderful City of Ottawa, I have great appreciation and a reverence for those who came before us and fought for our freedom and democracy.    

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the ending of World War II, a horrific global conflict that exacted a heavy toll on mankind. More than 66 million people perished and nearly 46 million were civilians. Tens of millions more were uprooted from their homes and countries. In the war effort from 1939-1945, more than one million Canadians served and of those approximately 42,000 were killed and another 55,000 wounded. In memoriam, may we never forget the sacrifices made and never take for granted the liberties won.

Those men and women who served command our respect for their willingness to defend their beliefs in the times when they were being challenged. Similarly, we must thank the Canadian Forces personnel who today serve our country around the world for their steadfast commitment to our country. It is so important that we continue to recognize and value the tremendous costs of our peace and freedom. For these significant reasons we must take the time on November 11th to be grateful.

We are very fortunate in Kanata-Carleton to host two active Legion Branches as well as the Royal Canadian Legion Dominion Command. 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.

Though this year we may not be able to gather together to show our respect, our Legions are conducting modified local ceremonies on November 11th.

  • Kanata Legion Branch 638 will have wreaths laid at Village Green Memorial Park Cenotaph (and will have a virtual service on Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. at www.stpaulshk.org/webcast)
  • In Carp, there will be wreaths laid at the Cenotaph and this will be streamed on Facebook: facebook.com/WCWarMemorial
  • The 2020 National Remembrance Ceremony is streaming live from the National War Memorial at 10:45 a.m. on Nov 11th – more information about the telecast at www.legion.ca
  • West Carleton Legion Branch 616 is hosting a service of Remembrance on Nov. 7 for executive members only, due to COVID-19 guidelines

By wearing a poppy and taking a moment to recognize our local Remembrance Day services, we can honour our Canadian past and reflect on our country’s fortunes. This November 11th may we reflect on and hope for a world without war and human suffering. Through this reflection, may we find the promise and commitment to ensure a better world to pass on to future generations.

 

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