On November 11, we will gather to honour the sacrifice of our veterans. Throughout our history, these brave individuals have defended our freedom, protected civilians around the world and ensured security for Canadians at home.
In 2019, we marked two significant anniversaries: the 75-year anniversary of D-Day and 80 years since the start of World War II. We observed the anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy on June 6, honouring the day that Allies landed on the beaches of Normandy. Against difficult odds, Canadians and allies advanced, but sacrificed greatly.
Canada’s efforts in World War II involved the entire country, from those serving in the military overseas to the families they left behind. Both of these anniversaries honour the individuals who protected our rights, freedoms and values. On Remembrance Day, we remember these soldiers and all those who gave their lives in the World Wars, Korean War and War in Afghanistan, as well as in ongoing peacekeeping missions and exercises. Today, current members of the Canadian Armed Forces continue to bring aid and support to areas in conflict while protecting civilians from the dangers of war.
We will never forget the price our veterans paid so we could build the strong, inclusive and peaceful society they believed in. I encourage you to wear your poppy with pride and observe a moment of silence on November 11 to honour those who helped make Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.