Message from the Ombudsman (November 11, 2014)

Ombudsman's Remembrance Day Message

Every November, Canada as a nation stops to pause and reflect on the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform. This Remembrance Day is a particularly poignant one. The events of the previous month, resulting in the loss of two of our soldiers on Canadian soil, remind us of the values our military members exhibit every day: courage, dedication and loyalty.

This Remembrance Day we remember the men and women who risk their lives for us on a daily basis, both at home and abroad. We remember the Canadian Armed Forces members who stand in harm’s way so we may live a life of our choosing – the members who sacrifice so others across the globe may have that choice as well. This Remembrance Day, we are reminded this freedom comes at a price.

As we remember those who served, we also remember the families who stood by their side. When military members step into harm’s way, they never step alone. As they serve their country, they never serve alone. Families are the backbone of the military. We remember with appreciation because we know, in spite of all the challenges this brings, they wouldn’t have it any other way.

With honour, thanks, reverence and remembrance, we salute you who gave, and who give, so unselfishly of yourselves so we may enjoy freedom. We remember and we thank you.

Gary Walbourne

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