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November 11, 2018 – Remembrance Day

This year, Canadians are marking the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice.  The First World War saw more than 650,000 Canadian men and women volunteer to serve – over 60,000 paid the ultimate sacrifice.  In Toronto, more than 4,000 men and women did not return home.  Countless others were returned suffering the mental and physical affects of being wounded or taken as prisoners-of-war.

Each year, at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, Canadians gather to remember the men and women who have died in defense of our way of life.  We also gather to thank those who fought and returned home.  We also gather to pay respects to the men and women who served in more than thirty peacekeeping missions around the world.  Many of these men and women returned home suffering from physical and mental injuries.

Each year, on November 11th, I remember and pay my respects to my cousin, Sergeant Christos Karigiannis, and two of his fellow soldiers, who were killed on June 20, 2007, when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device, outside Kandahar, Afghanistan.

This year remember the brave men and women who have made the decision to protect us; stand and fight for Canadian values; and, represent us and our values where ever they are sent.  Wear your poppy proudly over your heart and, if you see a veteran or serving member, shake their hand and thank them for their service.