OTTAWA— Canada’s Governor General Julie Payette on Nov. 11 announced, “This is the season of remembrance, and it is important that we take the time to reflect and to give thanks to our Canadian veterans. On behalf of all Canadians, I would like to extend my most profound gratitude to members of the Canadian Armed Forces, past and present.”
Remembrance Day happens on the same day, Nov. 11, that Veterans’ Day is observed in the United States.
In Payette’s official announcement, which her office shared with the Awakening News, she continued, “They have served with conviction, in peacetime and in war. They have given so much—including time with their families. And in some cases, they have made the ultimate sacrifice: their very lives. They did so for their country—for Canada.”
She went on to state, “This week, we proudly wear the poppy to honour the courage and selflessness of those who stood in our defence and those who continue to do so. We must never forget the horrors of war. I was a teenage student when I first visited the Flanders battlefields. I will never forget,” referring to World War I battlefields.
“I have great admiration and infinite respect for the women and men who serve in uniform with duty and honour,” continued Payette, a former astronaut. “I am the descendant of a soldier and have flown in space with members of the military—some of whom also lost their lives in service to their country. Some of them were close friends. I know first-hand what sacrifice means.”
She concluded by saying, “We have a duty to remember the stories of Canadians who valiantly fought for our freedoms. Let’s honour the bravery and sacrifices of our veterans by working together for a better and more peaceful world.”
To see a You Tube video of Payette’s announcement, go to this link: