We must always remember them

Monday will mark the 101st anniversary of World War I and the 75th anniversary and the 74th year following WWII.
Each year we see fewer veterans at the cenotaph who fought in the Second World War.
We must continue to remember the sacrifices of the families who remained at home and the soldiers who went off to war.
We also must remember the soldiers from Canada who have gone to many of the hot spots around the world over the last 75 years.
They, too, have made a contribution to our way of life extending the idea of peace between people in places like Cypress, Mali, the Congo, Somalia, Haiti, Ethiopia/Eritrea, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Syria, Egypt and many more countries.
This week, the Canadian government will consider whether or not to send peacekeeping troops to the eastern Ukraine to enforce a cease fire between Russian-backed separatists and the Ukrainian government. As part of our current mandate, 200 Canadian personnel are providing security training to the Ukrainian military.
As part of our NATO Mission, we have 540 Canadian men and women deployed in Latvia patrolling along the Latvian-Russia border to prevent a potential annexation of that country by Russia.
We also have a squadron of CF-18 Hornets with support staff located in Romania and another 240 men and women aboard the frigate HMCS Halifax all part of Canada’s mission to Operation Reassurance
The Canadian navy is stationed in the Arabian Sea providing maritime security and counter-terrorism actions in that part of the world.
All of these locations where Canadian Forces are deployed are considered dangerous.
When we visit the cenotaph on Monday, we should keep in mind that men and women from the district can often be found in these locations protecting freedom and bringing stability to those countries.
As we are well aware, we did suffer casualties in Afghanistan, just as we have suffered casualties in other peacekeeping missions that our armed forces have participated in since the Second World War.
The veterans of all of those peacekeeping missions must also be remembered.

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