Tribute to Veterans

On Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 in Speeches, Videos
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Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, I wish to begin by saying a particular thank you, as my colleague from the Bloc has done, for this occasion for the smaller parties to join in today in a non-partisan sense. For that I thank particularly the minister and the government House leader whom I understand is largely responsible.

November 11 is a day to remember all of the soldiers who died knowing that they had been sent to the front lines to protect our freedom. We owe our respect and gratitude to the men and women of the armed forces who made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives to this noble cause. November 11 is an opportunity for Canadians to remember.

We remember those who gave their lives. We remember the shattered lives of the soldiers who returned from the war wounded in body and spirit.

My father was one of the veterans of the Second World War. He grew up in London during the blitz. I think he saw more death and destruction before joining the army than once he was in uniform. It was in going to war that my father became a pacifist.

We recognize the sacrifice of so many who have gone into peacekeeping missions, into armed conflict, selflessly. There is no greater example of selflessness than people who give their lives for a larger cause and we always say that their lives must not be in vain, but in doing so, we need to commit to greater efforts to avoid war, to avoid conflict.

We have mentioned many war heroes today in this chamber. I will not take long to mention a few more names, those who have sacrificed so much in war, have come back home to Canada and have had to continue to fight on behalf of other veterans.

I would like to particularly recognize Lieutenant Louise Richard, co-founder of Gulf War Veterans Association of Canada who, together with Captain Sean Bruyea, did so much to defend and help other veterans; Colonel Pat Stogran, who did so much as an ombudsman; and Corporal Dennis Manuge, whose recent effort selflessly helped so many.

I want to thank again the Minister of Veterans Affairs for putting the matter to rest after Corporal Manuge’s efforts in court.

We recognize on November 11 the great sacrifices in war time, sacrifices not only of individual soldiers, but of those who love them, those who lost them, those who welcome them home with open arms. We remember on November 11 that many have given their lives for the life that we enjoy today.

On November 11, we remember with gratitude. On November 11, we remember and pray that war will be no more.

The Acting Speaker (Mr. Bruce Stanton): I invite hon. members to rise and observe two minutes of silence to commemorate our veterans.

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  • Joni McMillan

    men and thank you, Elizabeth.

  • Joni McMillan

    Amen and thank you, Elizabeth.

  • Anne Doak

    Thank you Elizabeth = you are indeed a classy lady

  • Dan Dawson

    Well spoken indeed Elizabeth, sensible words and sentiments from one of the oh so very FEW sensible politicians in the entire country.

  • L. Thibodeau

    Thank you Elizabeth for your thoughtful remarks. Canadians are indeed grateful for all the men and women who have given so selflessly of themselves including many who paid the ultimate sacrifice. We shall remember them all.

  • S Allan

    Well said Elizabeth. Thank you for being a beacon of light and hope in Canada’s parliament,

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000573625044 Donna M. Dodds

    Thank you Elizabeth May, for your video tribute above on Nov. 7, 2012, for speaking about those who have given so selflessly – especially those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we may enjoy our freedom and we Canadians are grateful for this -
    Lest we forget.

  • Diana, Saltspring

    Thank you once again, Elizabeth, for your thoughtful and compassionate speech.You are always the voice of sanity, and we so appreciate you here.

  • MC Glass

    Well felt and spoken.

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