Lest we forget. This November 11, we will once again come together to renew our appreciation for the sacrifices made by heroic Canadians in the service of their country; those who have fallen in times of conflict, peacekeeping and humanitarian missions, and those who still serve.
Remembrance Day, which marks the end of World War I in 1918, is a ritual that’s changed little over the last century, but current events give it fresh significance.
Remembrance Day 2014 brought out crowds to honour Corporal Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Office Patrice Vincent, killed on Canadian soil in the line of duty. With the developments in Afghanistan this year, we may remember in a special way the 158 Canadians who lost their lives there.
All of our service members have sacrificed; and some have given their lives. Many have endured invisible wounds. We’re increasingly aware of the severe psychological scars that troops have suffered in the field and, tragically, some have taken their own lives. All fallen are counted among the heroes who have paid the ultimate price.
This year, with all necessary precautions in place, we’ll mark Remembrance Day with the ceremony it deserves, including honouring the many veterans who became OPSEU/SEFPO members over the union’s long history.
May it be a very meaningful time for all of us as we honour our heroes and reignite our determination to work for political, economic and social peace and justice throughout the world.
OPSEU/SEFPO President Warren (Smokey) Thomas
Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida, OPSEU/SEFPO First Vice-President/Treasurer