On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the guns went silent and the battles of the First World War were over. Since that day, Canadians have gathered annually to honour and remember those who served and those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the nation.
Canada has had a history of brave service to the world. From the Great War to Afghanistan, close to two million men and women have left their homes and families, and have travelled to distant lands. They have put themselves into situations of extreme danger and trauma. Many were wounded, both physically and emotionally. Well over 100,000 Canadians – sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, partners, and friends – were killed in action or died of their wounds.
We will remember them.
Each year, the Remembrance Day service at the National War Memorial in Ottawa ends with the Parade of Veterans. Canadians who attend the service honour them, applauding as the Veterans march by. Many calls of “thank you!” can be heard from the crowd.
“Let us always thank them for what they gave to this country. Let us never forget the ones who didn’t come home. And, let us be supportive and caring to those Veterans now living with PTSD. Join us in creating a compassionate nation that truly sees and cares for those who served.”
– Laryssa Lamrock, Strategic Advisor for Veteran Families and Brian McKenna, Strategic Advisor for Veterans, at the Centre of Excellence on PTSD.
The Centre of Excellence on PTSD honours Canadian military and RCMP personnel, Veterans, and their Families on this day, and every day.