Marking Veterans’ Week

I am looking forward to seeing everyone at Remembrance Day ceremonies throughout Veterans’ Week this year in our riding.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone at Remembrance Day ceremonies throughout Veterans’ Week this year in our riding.

I will be speaking on Nov. 11 at the Strathmore Ceremony and hopefully visiting a number of local Legion branches throughout Remembrance Day. The Government of Canada Remembrance Day wreath will be laid at twenty one locations in our riding.

As the chair of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, I was asked last year by the Minister of Veterans Affairs, the Honourable Greg Thompson to accompany the official Government of Canada delegation travelling in France and Belgium to mark the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War. I represented Canada at numerous events between November 9 and 14, including laying a wreath at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial on November 12 and delivering the Keynote Address at that ceremony.

With a heavy heart I stood on Juno Beach – where during World War II on June 6th, 1944, 574 men of the 3rd Canadian Division were wounded and 340 were killed. I encourage readers to visit www.junobeach.org and read the heart-wrenching and detailed story of these Canadians and our Allies fighting for the freedoms we enjoy and the life we lead today. They were literally fighting for their own – and our – future. As the website says, “One million Canadians in uniform, making a decisive contribution to the Allied Victory…” Our small nation paid heavily.

Millions of Canadians will participate in the various Veterans’ Week events because they proudly understand the great debt we owe our veterans and their families: a debt that our modern, prosperous, democratic and free nation can never repay. During Veterans’ Week, Canadians come together to honour this group of men and women who unite our country as few things can: Our veterans – the generations of brave Canadians who have always been there to serve our great country in both times of war and in times of peace.

In 2009, our country continues to ‘lift above our weight’ providing military, reconstruction, and development assistance in the world. As I write this news column 133 Canadian lives have been lost in the Afghanistan mission. Ours is a noble and compassionate mission as Afghanistan is the poorest and most violent and war-torn nation on Earth. Canada continues to work with our Allies in the international community to help innocent people as much as we can.

During Veterans’ Week, we remember our nation’s truest heroes—past and present. Lest we forget.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this or previous columns you may write me at 4945-50th Street, Camrose, Alberta, T4V 1P9, call 780-608-4600, toll-free 1-800-665-4358, fax 780-608-4603 or e-mail sorenk1@parl.gc.ca.

Just Posted

Castor man killed in collision

Pronounced deceased at scene

Our Town Stettler: An aerial view

Shows a larger picture of evolution of community

Liberals take aim at responsible gun owners

E-petition against Bill C-71 is largest in history of Parliament

Puff, puff, pass: Cannabis is officially legal across Canada

Alberta readies itself for cannabis sales with 17 stores (for now) and a new provincial website

Mellow opening to B.C.’s only legal pot shop

About five people lined up early for the opening of the BC Cannabis Store in Kamloops.

Canada not sending anyone to Saudi business summit

Sources insist Ottawa never intended to dispatch a delegation this time around

Earthquake early-warning sensors installed off coast of B.C.

The first-of-its kind warning sensors are developed by Ocean Networks Canada

VPD ordered to co-operate with B.C. police watchdog probe

According to the IIO, a court is ordering Vancouver police to co-operate with an investigation into a fatal shooting

Canada’s top general takes aim at new reports of military sexual assault

Gen. Jonathan Vance is unhappy some troops continue to ignore his order to cease all sexual misconduct

Trio of Saint Bernard find their ‘forever home’ after story goes viral

Edmonton Humane Society had put out the call to adopt Gasket, Gunther and Goliath

Nova Scotia fixes online workaround of age requirement for cannabis sales

The problem popped up hours after the use of cannabis became legal

Carr, Morneau off to China next month to deepen commerce

Carr says Canada and China aren’t embarking on formal free trade talks

Most Read