VLIP honours those who sacrificed their lives in the name of a safe, just world.
"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".
"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 memorabilia in a family attic".
"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 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".
Read the full article on the history of Remembrance Day, here.
While the nature of war has changed, oppression and over-reaching of power are at every corner.
We honour those who sacrificed their lives. We continue to fight for those underrepresented, and to give them platforms for their voices.
We hope you spend this day of reflection doing something that nourishes you.