Remembrance Day

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Remembrance Day happens once a year, reminding us to reflect on the sacrifices made for our country. The National War Memorial is across the street from Parliament and two blocks from my office. When I am in Ottawa representing our constituents, I often reflect on the sacrifice made by so many Canadians to liberate my grandparents in the Netherlands during WWII. We have so much to be thankful for. 

This year, Veterans’ Week is November 5-11 and honours those who have served Canada and continue to serve today in times of war, military conflict and peace. The theme of Veterans’ Week in 2021 is “Service, Courage and Sacrifice – At home, around the world and across generations.”

This theme is represented through this year’s poster, which features the silhouettes of Canadian military members from the various anniversaries marked throughout 2021, which span decades of Canadian service and sacrifice. These key military anniversaries and connections are:

  • 30th anniversary of the Gulf War;
  • 70th anniversary of the Battle of Kapyong;
  • 105th anniversary of the Battles of the Somme and Beaumont-Hamel;
  • 65th anniversary of the beginning of the United Nations Emergency Force;
  • 80th anniversary of the Defence of Hong Kong;
  • 10th anniversary of the end of Canada’s combat mission in Afghanistan; and.
  • Domestic operations

I encourage you to participate in Veterans’ Week activities in our community across Peace River – Westlock, whether online or in person, and to show your support for serving and former members of our military. Also be sure to join the conversation on social media, using the hashtag #CanadaRemembers.

There are many resources available for teachers to use in the classroom and I am happy to to highlight a few: 

  1. An online teacher’s guide is available on the Veterans Affairs Canada website at veterans.gc.ca/educators. There you will find materials for various age levels available for download or to order by mail. 
  2. Many local legions are hosting poster and literary contests at this time of year. Entries are judged at the local level, then provincially, and then may be submitted to Ottawa for judging at the national level. Information is available at legion.ca/contests 
  3. Valentines for Vets is a program connecting students with veterans living in long-term care facilities across Canada. These handcrafted cards are delivered to veterans for Valentine’s Day with a February 1 deadline to allow for distribution. Please go to Valentines for Vets – Get involved – Remembrance – Veterans Affairs Canada for more information. 

Visit veterans.gc.ca/CanadaRemembers to learn about other ways to get involved with remembrance.

In your service,

Arnold Viersen, MP for Peace River – Westlock