Models of Courage and DignityPublished on February 1 2016
Like every November 11th, today we celebrate Remembrance Day, in commemoration of soldiers who fought to defend democracy. This day has a new and significant attribute, as the witnesses of the world’s greatest conflicts are becoming scarcer. A soldier enrolled at 24 years of age in 1939, would be 100 years old in 2015.
The ones that are among us to witness what they lived, if their memory persists, are less and less present. I think many of us at the National Assembly recall that twenty years ago war veterans and former combatants were a lot more visible in our society. They surfaced every November and were a part of our lives. We saw them in public events, in the weeks preceding, greeting people and distributing poppies, the red flower that symbolises Remembrance Day.
As parents, we were able to educate our children that the veteran in front of them has accomplished things of great importance. The man was then able to tell of his experiences in his own words, with a spark of pride in his eyes. This routine was highly valued by all.
Unfortunately, for obvious reasons, this tradition is becoming less possible today. We are therefore required to find our own words to perpetuate the commemoration of these soldiers, who are to remain models of courage and dignity.
This is what the CAQ wishes to emphasize today. It is our way to say that they are not forgotten and that they never will be. It is also an opportunity to pay tribute to all the men and women who are following their lead today in defending our rights and freedoms everywhere in the world.
To all these soldiers of the 20th and the 21st century, with no exceptions, we attest our respect and admiration.