OTTAWA - Text of a statement from Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Thursday as Canada prepared to mark Remembrance Day:
Tomorrow, we honour generations of brave Canadian men and women in uniform who have fought to defend our country and to promote and protect the values of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
Canadians have always stood ready to defend their country and in the last century nearly two million have served in two World Wars, Korea, Afghanistan, Libya and various other conflict zones. Sadly, we also remember those who, in doing so, have paid the ultimate price with their lives.
The values our veterans held dear decades ago are still very much alive today in those who continue to serve our great country, be it at home or abroad, through peace support or combat missions.
The unparalleled spirit, skills and devotion of the members of the Canadian Armed Forces are an example for us all, and our thoughts remain with members currently serving in Afghanistan.
There are no words to express our profound gratitude to our service men and women who – together with their families and friends – put the interests and security of our country ahead of their own.
Lest we forget.