Remembrance Day 2018

Message from the Ombudsman | November 11, 2018


Every Remembrance Day, we show honour and reverence to those who sacrificed their lives, their families, and the comforts of home so we can enjoy ours; for the lives that have been forever altered, carrying injuries both visible and unseen.

We stop and remember because it can be too easy, in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, to forget. And remembering such a sacrifice is all too important.

We stop and remember for those who forgetting is not an option. The memories of war etched in their being won’t let them. We take time to remember so we can share in that memory as we offer a listening ear and support in times of need.

This year, Canada marks a key milestone. It has been 100 years since the end of the First World War in which more than 650,000 served with the Canadian Corps. They fought in major battles such as the Battle of Passchendaele, the Battles of Somme and Beaumont-Hamel, and the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Over 66,000 lives were lost, and more than 172,000 were wounded.

The Battle of Amiens, the last one hundred days of the First World War, averaged 100 casualties per day. The actions by the Canadian Corps during those last three months earned 30 Canadians and Newfoundlanders the Victoria Cross, the highest recognition for military valour a soldier can receive.

There is a heavy weight that comes with this day — for those who serve and have served; and their families who serve with them.  On this day, let us remember the daily sacrifices, the daily struggles, and the daily triumphs. On this Remembrance Day, let us commit to remember every day.

We remember, and we thank you.


Gregory Lick

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