Tuesday, November 06, 2007

VETERANS' WEEK NOV. 5 - 11

PREMIER’S STATEMENT ON VETERANS’ WEEK

Premier Gordon Campbell released the following statement today to mark the beginning of Veterans’ Week, Nov. 5-11, a time to honour and remember those who have served their country in times of conflict.

“There are few greater sacrifices than the one made by someone who says goodbye to friends and family to serve their country. It is an act of extreme bravery that deserves respect, admiration and eternal remembrance. It is only because of their sacrifice in defence of our way of life that we continue to live in a free and democratic society.

“Earlier this year, the British Columbia legislature was honoured to host a ceremony to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. There are few more powerful examples of courage and determination than the story of those brave Canadian soldiers at Vimy Ridge, leading us to victory during that pivotal battle.

“Veterans’ Week is a time we set aside to reflect back on those who fought for us during military conflicts such as the two World Wars and the Korean War, and in peacekeeping missions around the globe. But it is important to know that remembrance isn’t limited to November. We can incorporate acts of remembrance into our lives throughout the year. We can all do our part to remember and to encourage others to never forget.

“It is often said that freedom is not free. And in many cases, these men and women paid the ultimate price for our freedom. In return, we owe them vigilance and dedication to the ideals they fought to safeguard.”


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