November 11, 2019 – Remembrance Day
Throughout our history, young Canadian men and women have gone to war to defend our way of life. They have fought and died to ensure that we have a free and democratic country.
Each year, Canadians don the red poppy as a sign of remembrance. It is a tangible sign that we remember and honour all the Canadians who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf.
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 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; to stand and fight for Canadian values; and, to 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.