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Remembering our Veterans and Armed Forces Sunday, 11 November 2007 Remembrance Day gives us the opportunity to pay tribute to the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces, both past and present.  It also is a time when we recognize the families they leave here at home while they work to protect all of us.

2007 marks the 25th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the 47th anniversary of the Canadian Bill of Rights.  The rights and freedoms we enjoy today, however, are not simply derived from words written on a document a quarter century ago; they exist because previous generations of Canadians understood that those rights and freedoms cannot survive without the fundamental elements of responsibility and sacrifice.

This Remembrance Day, let us honour the more than 115,000 Canadians who, over the past 140 years, have given their lives to pay for the rights and freedoms we enjoy today.

Let us honour their lives, by seeking and finding meaning in ours.

Let us honour the years they sacrificed with their families, by cherishing and investing in our own.

Let us honour their unimaginable sacrifices, by fulfilling our responsibilities: to contribute to our country and communities, using our unique gifts and abilities; to create opportunities for those who, for whatever reason, have trouble creating their own; and to be friends to those who need them, as we all do from time to time.

Most importantly, let us take the time to express our appreciation to our veterans and current members of the Canadian Armed Forces, and to their families – for contributing far beyond their fair share, and for creating a stronger, safer, and better Canada for all of us.

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Mike Lake - Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Wetaskiwin