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Honouring our brave men and women in uniform 

Prince Geoerge-Peace River-Northern Rockies MP Bob Zimmer Credit: Bernard Thibodeau, House of Commons Photo Services
Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies MP Bob Zimmer

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  

They fell  

I cannot tell you  

How many lives were lost in that war  

Too many to count 

  

Now  

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  

 

For you  

And for your children  

And for their children 

  

Remember this  

Remember the men who died  

The children who lost their fathers  

The women who lost their husbands  

Their sons  

Be grateful   

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. 

 

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