Full Text Canadian Political Transcripts November 11, 2014: PM Stephen Harper’s Statement on Remembrance Day — Transcript

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Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on Remembrance Day

Source: PM.gc.ca, 12-11-14

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen pay their respects during the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National War Memorial

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen pay their respects during the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National War Memorial

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen pay their respects during the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National War Memorial.
Ottawa, Ontario
11 November 2014

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement to mark Remembrance Day:

“Today we remember the courage and dedication of the Canadian men and women who have fought valiantly over the years to defend our freedom and rights, making it possible for us to live in a peaceful, democratic country where we enjoy one of the best qualities of life in the world.

“For the past two centuries, hundreds of thousands of Canadians have earned enormous respect – at home and abroad – by answering the call to fight against tyranny and evil around the world in engagements such as the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, Afghanistan and many other international military operations. Those who fought so valiantly in these battlefields are still honoured and remembered in places such as Vimy Ridge, Ypres, Normandy, Sicily, Hill 355 in Korea, and Kandahar to name a few. Many made the ultimate sacrifice.

“It is our duty to remember the Canadians who so selflessly defended our freedom. That is why the commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the First World War and the 75th anniversary of the Second World War are two of the major milestones on the Road to 2017. As we recall our proud history, let us also remember how early Canadians, First Nations and Métis people fought together like never before in the War of 1812 to repel an American invasion, laying the foundation for an independent Canada.

“Remembrance Day also provides an opportunity to pay tribute to the daunting sacrifices made by Canadian families who were forced to endure their loved ones being away at war and dangerous missions abroad. Let us recall the unfailing support they provided to those on the front lines, the thousands of letters and care packages, and the dedication of those who worked in support of the effort back at home.

“On this solemn occasion, let us celebrate the brave men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces carrying on today in the proud tradition of their forebears, defending freedom in places such as Iraq, Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean Sea.

“Members of the Canadian Armed Forces have the honour to wear a uniform that is recognized across the world as a symbol of courage and democracy. The recent deadly attacks on Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Corporal Nathan Cirillo, who were targeted simply because they proudly wore this uniform, only strengthens Canada’s resolve to keep fighting against those who would deny our liberties and freedoms, and who have a complete disregard for human lives.

“We can never repay the debt we owe to the intrepid men and women who paid for our freedom with their lives, but we can remember their enormous sacrifices and pay tribute to their bravery and patriotism.

“Lest we forget.”

Political Musings November 12, 2013: Canada commemorates their veterans with Remembrance Day ceremonies

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Canada commemorates their veterans with Remembrance Day ceremonies

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper attended the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Remembrance Day Monday morning, Nov. 11, 2013 for a brief ceremony that commemorated Canada’s veterans of foreign wars; both those still alive and…READ MORE

Full Text Political Transcripts November 11, 2013: Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Statement on Remembrance Day

CANADIAN POLITICAL TRANSCRIPTS

POLITICAL HEADLINES

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on Remembrance Day

Source: Canada PMO , 11-11-13

Prime Minister Stephen Harper delivers remarks at the Bicentennial Remembrance Ceremony for the Battle of Crysler’s Farm

Prime Minister Stephen Harper delivers remarks at the Bicentennial Remembrance Ceremony for the Battle of Crysler’s Farm 

Ottawa, Ontario
11 November 2013

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement on Remembrance Day:

“Today, Canadians across the country gather to remember and honour the generations of Canadian men and women in uniform who left the warmth of their homes and the comfort of their families to face the hardships of conflict. We pay tribute to those who have and continue to defend our country, and promote and protect the universal values of freedom, democracy and the rule of law that we continue to hold dear.

“Across the centuries, Canadians have always answered the call to defend their nation. During the War of 1812, English and French-speaking Canadians joined with First Nations allies and British forces in defending Canada against invasion. This year, November 11 marks the bicentennial of a critical battle of that war, the Battle of Crysler’s Farm, where early Canadians from Upper and Lower Canada, as well as First Nations allies, fought with courage and determination to defend their homes and communities.

“In the two centuries that have followed, more than two million Canadians have served in South Africa, in two World Wars, the Korean War, and in many other international military efforts, such as more recent missions in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Libya and Mali.

“Their valour still echoes throughout the world in places like Vimy Ridge, Ypres, Normandy, Hong Kong, the Scheldt, Sicily, Kapyong, and Kandahar, whose citizens honour the sacrifices made in the name of their freedom.

“Sadly, many of these brave Canadians paid the ultimate price as a result of their stalwart opposition to tyranny. There are no words for the debt we owe them and their families.

“The tremendous determination, courage and devotion of our service men and women in these far off places have generated substantive international respect for our country. They have also generated an immense national pride that has united Canadians, allowing us to reach new heights as a nation.

“The same proud tradition, spirit and values that Canadians in uniform held dear decades ago are still very much alive today in those who continue to serve our great country on land, at sea and in the air through peace support and combat missions.

“On this special day, let us pay our heartfelt tribute to all members of the Canadian Armed Forces – both past and present – whose selflessness, courage and sacrifices have given us the freedom we enjoy, the democracy by which we govern ourselves and the justice under which we live.

“Lest we forget.”