BY BOB ZIMMER
Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies MP
Remembrance Day is a time to honour and pay tribute to our men and women in uniform, who for generations have bravely served our country in times of war, conflict, and peace.
Not only is this year the 100th anniversary of the Remembrance Poppy in Canada, but it also marks 90 years since Canadians observed the first Remembrance Day.
Since 1931, Canadians have paused every November 11 at 11 a.m. to honour the sacrifices made by those who have protected the rights of others and fought for peace and freedom in the world.
These are not anonymous soldiers. They are our family, our neighbours, and our friends.
Last year, a 12-year-old local resident Capri Wickham gave me a poem she had written about Remembrance Day which I think perfectly captures why it is so important for all of us to pause, to reflect, and to remember. I am honoured to share it with you here:
Dear, My Grandchildren
There was a war in 1914
A war against the countries
It lasted four years
Fathers, brothers, uncles, cousins
All who could
Were sent off to war
During the conflict they fought
Guns firing, boots pounding, men yelling
Like petals on a poppy
I cannot tell you
How many lives were lost in that war
Too many to count
I want you to look outside
Look at the trees
The hills, the flowers
All of it was fought over
All of it was won
And for your children
And for their children
Remember the men who died
The children who lost their fathers
The women who lost their husbands
On Remembrance Day, we reflect on our freedoms and renew our determination to never forget the legacy and tremendous sacrifices of Canada’s veterans.
I encourage all residents to learn more about the contributions and sacrifices made by those who have served our country, and to help ensure future generations of Canadians continue this important tradition of remembrance. This year, I will be remembering and saying thank you in Prince George.
To the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces, both past and present:
On behalf of myself, my family, and the residents of Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies I offer our heartfelt thank you for your service.
Lest we forget.