On November 11 each year, Canadians stand in collective remembrance of all who have fallen in the honourable service of their country
Our management, staff and surrounding community at R/T rentals would like to take a moment to recognize and acknowledge the importance of Remembrance Day.
"We must remember. If we do not, the sacrifice of those one hundred thousand Canadian lives will be meaningless.
They died for us, for their homes and families and friends, for a collection of traditions they cherished and a future they believed in; they died for Canada. The meaning of their sacrifice rests with our collective national consciousness; our future is their monument."
These wars touched the lives of Canadians of all ages, all races, all social classes. Fathers, sons, daughters, sweethearts: they were killed in action, they were wounded, and thousands who returned were forced to live the rest of their lives with the physical and mental scars of war. The people who stayed in Canada also served—in factories, in voluntary service organizations, wherever they were needed.
Yet for many of us, war is a phenomenon seen through the lens of a television camera or a journalist’s account of fighting in distant parts of the world.
Our closest physical and emotional experience may be the discovery of wartime momentos in a family attic. But even items such as photographs, uniform badges, medals, and diaries can seem vague and unconnected to the life of their owner.
For those of us born during peacetime, all wars seem far removed from our daily lives.
We often take for granted our Canadian values and institutions, our freedom to participate in cultural and political events, and our right to live under a government of our choice.
The Canadians who went off to war in distant lands went in the belief that the values and beliefs enjoyed by Canadians were being threatened.
They truly believed that “Without freedom there can be no ensuring peace and without peace no enduring freedom.”
By remembering their service and their sacrifice, we recognize the tradition of freedom these men and women fought to preserve.
They believed that their actions in the present would make a significant difference for the future, but it is up to us to ensure that their dream of peace and freedom is realized.
On Remembrance Day, we acknowledge the courage and sacrifice of those who served their country and acknowledge our responsibility to work for the peace they fought hard to achieve.
On November 11, (and always) by remembering all who have served, we recognize their willingly-endured hardships and fears, taken upon themselves so that we could live in peace and freedom.
As we pause for a moment of silence, we send honour, love and gratitude for their sacrifices.
"Lest We Forget"
Image/fact source credit: https://carleton.ca
We'd also like to recognize Sgt. Chad Garton, Pvt. Chris Brooks of Brampton and Sgt Dave Partridge pictured here, stationed at Panjwayi, Afghanistan, after learning that one of their comrades died in a friendly-fire incident nearby.
Sgt Garton is a cousin to one of our staff members. Mike Sullivan.
We'd like to honour him, his unit and fallen comrades.
Thank you for your service.
"Lest We Forget"