On Remembrance Day, Canadians come together to honour our fellow countrymen and women who have sacrificed for the sake of our freedom and way of life. This year, Remembrance Day will also mark a violent act that shocked a nation.
The terrorist attack on Parliament Hill less than a month ago shook the entire country, where one soldier was murdered before the gunman attacked the symbol of our democracy.
Corporal Nathan Cirillo’s murder in the shadow of our Canada’s War Memorial is an all too clear reminder that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.
The murders of Corporal Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, who was targeted by a radical Islamic extremist in Quebec, were killed because they chose to serve our country. They wore the uniform, just like millions of Canadians have done since our nation was founded. The terrorists targeted the uniforms of our servicemen and women; clear symbols of the principles we stand for, and what Canadians have fought for throughout our history.
Remembrance Day is about honouring the memory of our fallen soldiers, and also supporting our veterans who are working to pass their legacy to younger generations. Our Government is working hard to assist our veterans in many ways and we will continue to do so by funding for local branches of the Royal Canadian Legion to engage with youth and share their experiences, adding 600 points of service for veterans for better access to programs and funding, and providing more funds for the burial program. We are continuing our efforts to improve services that benefit Canada’s veterans.
This November 11, I will be remembering and saying thank you in Prince George. I hope to see many of you there. On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and our Conservative Government, I want to thank those who have served, and those who continue to serve our great country.
Lest we forget,