Members Statements: Lest We Forget

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, today I am truly privileged to honour the men and women who showed their love and commitment to our country through their service in the Canadian Forces.

When our country was in danger during World War I and World War II, or when our country called upon them to go to Korea and now Afghanistan, or be peacekeepers in places far from home such as Somalia, Bosnia, Lebanon, East Timor and Suez, they did not hesitate. They went because their country asked them to and they went with dignity because of their loyalty and sense of duty to our nation. Many came home and continue to come home with terrible injuries that scar the body and the soul, and tragically, some never came home to their families.

Canada and Canadians promised these many men and women that they would be honoured and remembered by a grateful nation, and so today we remember their sacrifice, courage and service because we must never break faith with them.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.