Lest we forget

By John Rafferty

On Remembrance Day, we honour the ultimate sacrifices of those who served Canada in war and in peace.

We honour the veterans who returned, and the more than 100,000 Canadians who never came home from distant shores.

We remember the brave men and women who fought in two world wars, in Korea, in Afghanistan, and in NATO and UN peacekeeping missions across the globe.

We honour the citizens of Thunder Bay-Rainy River who fought on our behalf. The men and women who gave their lives, and the veterans who returned.

We pray for the safe return of those who serve us still.

We look to the courage found in the hearts of soldiers and nurses. We draw the strength from their courage to say never again—and have those words be true.

Let us remember, and let us never forget. What we are today belongs to those who gave so much in service to our nation.

We must honour those women and men by continuing to build a future of peace. We must find the courage to fight injustice.

We must remember. But we also must find the strength to build a more just and peaceful world, and make an end to war.

On this Remembrance Day, we are united in honour of sacrifice, of service, and of hope.

Remembrance binds us to our history and lights our path towards a peaceful tomorrow.

Lest we forget.

Editor’s note: The above was the address new Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP John Rafferty delivered during the Remembrance Day ceremony in Thunder Bay yesterday.