We Remember

November 01, 2021
Ottawa Journal (November 01 – November 05, 2021)
David Tilson, M.P. (Dufferin-Caledon)

November 11, 2021 marks 92 years since the end of the First World War and also the end of an era, as we mourn the loss of Canada's last veteran of this war, who passed away in February. It marks 92 years since more than 66,000 brave Canadian soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice in defence of our country and the signing of the Armistice treaty between Germany and the Allies. It marks 92 years since silence descended on the battlefields of the First World War. It also marks the 100th anniversary of Canada’s Navy and the 65th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. There is much to remember and reflect on this Remembrance Day.

Through the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, the mission in Afghanistan, and countless peacekeeping assignments, Canadian troops have always stepped up to the task with courage, dedication, and the determination to stand up for what’s right.

It is our duty as Canadians to remember. We owe our freedom to the past and present sacrifices of our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and airwomen. This is why in communities, at schools, and at memorial sites across Canada, we stand and remember the great sacrifices made by our brave soldiers who left the safety of their homes and comfort of their families to defend Canadian values.

While the battles fought today look much different from the ones fought by our grandparents and great-grandparents, one factor remains the same: Canada’s soldiers are ready and willing to face danger on our behalf.

However, the men and women in uniform aren’t the only ones who make sacrifices. While our brave soldiers cross oceans to fight for a better and safer world, mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, and children are left to make their own sacrifices as they support one another on the home front.

On this year’s Remembrance Day, Canadians will also honour an important historical milestone. On February 18, 2010, John "Jack" Babcock passed away.  Mr. Babcock was Canada's last known Veteran of the First World War and his passing marks the end of an era in Canada’s military history.
We remember and honour all members of our military who have made sacrifices, both past and present, to preserve Canadian values and help create a better and safer world for Canadians and people across the globe.

I will be remembering and honouring the sacrifices made by our soldiers by attending various ceremonies occurring here in Dufferin-Caledon, which have been held over the last two weeks and also on November 11th. I encourage everyone to participate in these ceremonies. Lastly, on behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and our Government, I want to say “thank you” to all those who have served and continue to serve our great country.

Lest we forget.