On Remembrance Day we honour the generations of Canadians who have fought with pride and courage to defend our way of life, and all that we hold dear.
It is also a time when we can reflect on the accomplishments of our country. United, we have fought for a safer and freer world, liberating citizens from totalitarian governments and working towards a sustainable world peace based on mutual respect and shared values.
While the horrors of war must never be forgotten, we must also remember that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance. We must never fail to defend it, whether at home or abroad. That is why I am so proud that my son has decided to carry on this tradition by joining the 872 Kiwanis Kanata Royal Canadian Air Cadets Squadron.
Our Conservative Government has made remembrance and the improvement of benefits and services twin priorities in our determination to show our deep sense of gratitude to those that have and those that continue to serve. Whether it?s through improved monthly access to benefits for seriously injured Veterans, increasing the monthly supplement for the injured and sick, or providing the best equipment available to those currently serving, our Government continues to stand behind our troops and Veterans.
And, as a member of the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs, I am proud to be a voice for these brave men and women who have defended our country with honour and stood up for our values and our freedom.
It is also important to remember that despite the fact that November 11th is the formal day of commemoration, thank a Veteran, volunteering at your local Legion hall or donating to a Veteran?s charity need not be limited to one day a year. Our heroes in uniform deserve no less.
On Sunday the 11th, I hope you will pay tribute to their service and sacrifice by taking part in one of the many Remembrance Day ceremonies in our region.
And, to the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces, both past and present: on behalf of myself, my family, and the residents of Prince George-Peace River I offer our heartfelt thank you for your service.
Lest we forget.