Carolyn Bennett
Hon. Carolyn Bennett
Member of Parliament for Toronto—St. Paul's
Remembrance Day
November 11, 2020

On November 11th, we pause to reflect on the sacrifices of the women and men who have served Canada – those who gave their lives & those whose lives were forever changed.

This year we mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. We honour the more than one million Canadians and Newfoundlanders who served, and the more than 45,000 who gave their lives for our freedom.
We also take a moment to acknowledge the service of the many Indigenous peoples who continue to proudly serve in uniform today, just as they have always done. We honour their service and sacrifices.

Every year, on Remembrance Day, my family honours both my father and my father-in-law who fought in the Second World War. This year is even more special as we honour the 75th anniversary of the end of WW2. My dad landed at Juno Beach on D-Day plus five and then defended the bridge at Nijmegen in Holland. Peter’s Father was a Canadian in the RAF, a Spitfire pilot in the Battle of Britain.

I am reminded of my father-in-law’s favourite poem:

The drum is silent now,
And the wind sighs
Where once they walked;
And the stars, which watched
The valour of their days,
At each new dusk

Today, let’s pause to remember our heroes #CanadaRemembers

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