Every year on November 11, Canadians pause in a moment of silence to honour and remember those who have served, and continue to serve Canada during times of war, conflict and peace. We remember the more than 2.3 million Canadians who have served throughout our nation’s history and the more than 118,000 Canadians who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The Centennial Flame on Memorial Boulevard serves as a physical reminder of the lasting impacts of war and conflict, and how our veterans have helped shape our province, country and world for the better.
Let us remember those who fought, those who died and those who were injured. Let us also remember those who carried the scars and memories of war throughout their lives. Let us remember those who have worked for peace, today and throughout our country’s history.
I encourage all Manitobans to join in the unifying tradition of honouring our veterans and active military personnel by observing the minute of silence at the eleventh hour today and show their gratitude by wearing a poppy.
On behalf of all Manitobans, I extend my heartfelt gratitude to our military personnel and their families, for their commitment and dedication to a safer world and bright future for all.
Thank you for your service.
Lest we forget.