Today at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Please take a minute to remember the many men, women and families who sacrificed so that we can all have the liberty and freedom we enjoy today. We all take it for granted but it had a very high cost to many families, not just the people lost but for the families left behind to mourn. So young and old please observe the minute silence and reflect where we would be without all the sacrifice of others.
Remembrance Day is to commemorate armistice agreement that ended the First World War on Monday, November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m. Every year on November 11, Canadians pause in a moment of silence to honour and remember the men and women who have served and continue to serve Canada during times of war, conflict and peace. We remember the more than 2,300,000 Canadians who have served throughout our nation’s history and the more than 118,000 who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Throughout Barrie’s history a long list of Barrie citizens who paid the ultimate price. Next time you get a chance to take a look at the cenotaph at Meridian Place look at the list of names, you might be surprised how many names are listed. We were going to name some and tell their story of heroism, but decided that would be unfair. Who is to say one life is more important than another, so let’s remember them all equally.
Base Borden still deploys many military personnel to dangerous areas all around the world wherever they are required. We pray they all come home to their families safe and well.
So let’s honour all of Barrie’s fallen heroes today, as well as the rest of Canadians. Take a minute to reflect what the world might look like today without their sacrifice, I think it is the least we can do.
We hope and pray for peace in the future and never again do any families have to lose any loved ones.