This Friday marks an important day in Canadian history.
Remembrance Day and a moment of silence is commemorated at the 11th hour, on the 11th day, in the 11th month, recognizing the end of the First World War.
Recognizing the sacrifices of past veterans and commitment of the men and women currently serving in the armed forces is something all Canadians should actively take part in.
As we move farther away from the two World Wars there is a possibility of memories and traditions of remembrance fading away.
We can’t let that happen. Veteran Affairs Canada is making a push this year to encourage people in remaining vigilant in their remembrance and honouring those that serve and sacrifice so much so that we can enjoy the freedoms we do.
Vowing to never forget is something we should all commit to. I’m always encouraged to see young families at cenotaph ceremonies on Remembrance Day.
Passing along the legacies of past veterans to our children is another way to keep their memories alive.
And it’s not just Remembrance Day anymore — Veterans Week runs Nov. 5-11 and provides even more opportunities to pay tribute to the veterans who have courageously served our country.
The week leading up to Remembrance Day will be filled with ceremonies, tributes, and other ways to honour past and present veterans and their families.
So I encourage everyone to take the time to take part in an act of remembrance this Nov. 11.
It can be anything from talking to a veteran and expressing your thanks for all they have done, to taking part in a moment of silence to recognize those soldiers that never returned home, to simply wearing a poppy — our promise to never forget.
So again, please take the time to honour and thank the few that sacrifice so much, so that so many of us can live the lives we do.
Donna Barnett is the Liberal MLA for the Cariboo-Chilcotin.