Prime Minister Trudeau's message on Remembrance Day
Today, we pause to pay tribute to the Canadian women and men in uniform.
Since Confederation, more than 2.3 million Canadians have served in our armed forces, and over 120,000 of them have made the ultimate sacrifice.
With selflessness, dedication, and bravery, members of the Canadian Armed Forces and our veterans represent the values that we stand for as a country.
Values like freedom, democracy, justice, security, and peace.
In Canada and around the world, our military serves with honour.
As I speak, members of the Canadian Armed Forces are supporting our allies at NATO’s Eastern Flank, protecting the waters of the Indo-Pacific, and training Ukrainians who are defending their country.
This year, we’ve also seen the work they do to support Canadians affected by natural disasters.
They do so while wearing the maple leaf and carrying on the tradition of the veterans before them.
So, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, as we mark two minutes of silence,
As we visit war memorials and participate in ceremonies,
As we wear poppies over our hearts, I encourage all Canadians to reflect on the sacrifices of our military families,
Of our veterans,
Of members of our Canadian Armed Forces,
And of those who served in the First and Second World Wars, in Korea and Afghanistan, and in peacekeeping missions around the world.
Let’s remember those who gave their lives in service of a better Canada.
And let’s say – with meaning and conviction – lest we forget.