“We must remember. If we do not, the sacrifice of those one hundred thousand Canadian lives will be meaningless. They died for us, for their homes and families and friends, for a collection of traditions they cherished and a future they believed in; they died for Canada. The meaning of their sacrifice rests with our collective national consciousness; our future is their monument” - Heather Robertson, A Terrible Beauty, The Art of Canada at War.
Each year, November 11th marks the time in which we gather and pay tribute to the men and women who have served this country, and to remember those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
We owe what we often take for granted to individuals such as Maurice White, pictured above with my two sons at last year’s Remembrance Day ceremony at City Hall. Maurice, who is now 91 years young, is a veteran from Edmonton, and was a member of the Devil’s Brigade, which received the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal of Honour - the highest civilian honour the United States Congress can bestow.
I encourage all of you to make your best efforts to attend one of the many ceremonies taking place tomorrow throughout Edmonton. If for some reason you cannot attend a ceremony, please, at 11:00am, take a moment to remember those who have fought for us and all that we are so fortunate to have.