Statement from Premier McGuinty on Remembrance Day

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Statement from Premier McGuinty on Remembrance Day

Office of the Premier

TORONTO, Nov. 11 - Every year, at Remembrance Day commemorations, I find myself thinking about the staggering cost of our freedom. More than 1.5 million Canadians served in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War. More than 110,000 gave their lives on the battlefield. These men and women made a brave choice. Rather than ignore tyranny and injustice abroad, they chose to cross an ocean to fight for freedom. These young Canadian soldiers crossed another ocean, one that separates those who stand by and watch evil grow, and those who act for the good of all. Today, these men and women are no longer young. The average age of a First World War veteran is 102 years; for Second World War veterans it is 81 years and for Korean War veterans it's 72. Now, more than ever, I think it is important to listen to our veterans. To hear their stories. To remember. Between high school and university, I worked as an orderly in the veterans' hospital in Ottawa. I was privileged to provide basic hands-on care to war veterans. I was able to sit at their bedside and listen to their stories. I was inspired not only by the bravery they showed all those years ago, but by how that bravery continued to shine in their twilight years. We must honour that courage with ceremony and memorials. But we must honour it in another way - with each choice we make as individuals, as Ontarians and as Canadians. We must choose to live wisely and bravely. We must never take for granted the freedom to choose - and those who fought and died so that your children and mine may live in peace. We must never forget these brave Canadians. Disponible en fran├žais www.premier.gov.on.caFor further information: Premier's Media Office, (416) 314-8975