Base Commander’s Message

Capt(N) Jeff Hutchinson

Capt(N) Jeff Hutchinson

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, we pause to reflect upon the sacrifices made by the thousands of sailors, soldiers, and aviators who never returned home, as well as by those who did return but were never the same. 

We must also recognize the contributions of those currently deployed around the world, such as the crew of our own HMCS Winnipeg sailing in support of Operation Projection and Operation Neon, as well as those of our resilient military families who show up for us every day, enabling the work that we do.

This Remembrance Day, as I lay a wreath at the Esquimalt Cenotaph, I will reflect on the valour and dedication of all past and current military members, on battles fought over fields, skies, and oceans from South Africa to Afghanistan, from the frigid depths of the North Atlantic to a critical hill at Kapyong. Wherever they have been called, the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces have served valiantly. We will remember them.

For those marking the day from home this year, there are many ways to remain connected virtually, with ceremonies across the country being broadcast by major news networks and live streamed – including CHEK News’ coverage of commemorations here on Vancouver Island.

For those attending local ceremonies, please follow Provincial Health Orders, maintain physical distancing where possible and wear a mask.

However you choose to mark this day, I encourage you to seek out the stories of our veterans, our country, and to share your own.

Lest we forget.

Capt(N) Jeff Hutchinson


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