Message from the Base Commander


During this time of remembrance, I encourage everyone to think upon the reason why we wear the red flower and hold ceremonies across this great country.

The freedom we enjoy here in Canada comes at a cost, paid by brave men and women who selflessly put themselves in harm’s way during times of armed conflict.

It is important that we remember the toll, sacrifice, carnage, and causes of these conflicts so that in our solemn gratitude we do not repeat the mistakes of the past.

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, when 101 years ago the guns fell silent on the fields of Europe, the world takes time to reflect and pay tribute to those that fought and shall not grow old.

Although the lessons of ‘The Great War’ did not stop us from engaging in future armed conflicts, they do give us this moment where each year we wear a poppy, and honour those who gave everything so that we might enjoy a future free from tyranny and persecution.

Many Canadians whose names we will never know, but to whom we owe a great debt, shall be remembered. While we are fortunate to have normal lives afforded us by the peace we currently enjoy, it is important the memory of the cost remains as a stark reminder to future generations. As you gather with others at Remembrance Day ceremonies across the country, please remember the sacrifice of those who have served, and those who continue to serve in areas of conflict.

Capt(N) Sam Sader

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