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Remembering the Courage and Sacrifice of Our Veterans Monday, 06 November 2006
Veterans’ Week, November 5 – 11th, is a time to ensure that Canadians keep the memories and achievements of our Veterans alive for future generations.  During this week we honour the tens and thousands of ordinary Canadians who throughout our history, have volunteered to fight and die for the founding values of our society – freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law. 

The character of our country has been defined by their accomplishments.  Because our soldiers stood up to tyranny, we live in freedom.  Because of their courage and sacrifice, Canadians have the privilege to live in one of the most prosperous, safe and civilized countries in the world.

Our soldiers stood up for Canada and we honour them by remembering:

  • The punishing sacrifices at Vimy Ridge and Ypres during World War One;
  • The one million volunteers (nearly 10% of our population) for the Canadian Forces in World War Two;
  • Our nation’s contribution to the UN police action in Korea;
  • The thousands of soldiers who served in UN peacekeeping operations during the latter half of the 20th century; and
  • The men and women of the Canadian Forces who are currently serving this country, and their families.

    We join all Canadians in honouring their bravery and sacrifice, not only this week, but for all time.  Lest we forget.

Throughout the week all Canadians, especially youth and community organizations, can get involved by sharing, participating in and initiating commemorative events in their local communities. 

For information regarding events in your area, visit www.vac-acc.gc.ca
For more information about Canadian Red Fridays – a volunteer undertaking to show support for our men and women in uniform, please visit http://www.redfridays.ca/




 
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