Wednesday, November 11, 2009
LEST WE FORGET
Remembrance Day is a day like no other in Canada. It is an occasion - once a year, every autumn - for Canadians to honour those who have served, and continue to serve, our country. It is a unique expression of solidarity for those who have died so that we can live in freedom.
Two minutes of silence, everywhere, across this country. Two minutes to stop and think. Two minutes to reflect and respect.
Imagine those of us at home, at school, in offices, factories and farms, stopping for two minutes. Imagine Canadians from coast to coast to coast -- on the street, in the supermarket, at train stations, bus terminals or airports -- stopping for two minutes to honour the men and women who have died to make this country what it is.
We invite you to join us in this personal commitment:
At eleven o'clock this morning, we will take two minutes to remember. We will stand up and be silent. When we do, we will join our fellow Canadians, wherever they may be, whatever language they speak, in honouring those who have served and are serving Canada, and those who have died, or suffered wounds, mental or physical, for our country. When we take two minutes to remember, we pay tribute to their courage and sacrifice.