Remembering the fallen and those who have served our country on Remembrance Day is not simply calling to mind an historical fact. It is about taking time to appreciate and value the depth of commitment, service and sacrifice exemplified by those who make the decision to serve. It is about acknowledging the bravery that it takes, not just to face an enemy on behalf of a country, but to make the decision to do so. It is about recognizing that choosing to serve does not just touch the individual who makes the decision, but extends to their loved ones and their friends. It is about giving honour where honour is due.
Every year, on November 11, our nation pauses to honour and remember the men and women who have served, and continue to serve Canada during times of war, conflict and peace. Every day, on Parliament Hill at 11:00 a.m., a member of the House of Commons Security team turns a page in the Books of Remembrance, which contain the names of Canada’s war dead. We choose to remember, because we must not forget.
– David Anderson, MP for Cypress Hills – Grasslands