Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veteran's Park Dedication Address

Today, we remember those brave men and women who have served, and who continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict, and peace.
We honour those valiant men and women for their courage, their commitment, and their devotion to Canada.
They willingly gave of their lives and their futures –- so that we might live in peace.
How fitting, on this the 90th Anniversary of the end of the First World War, that we dedicate this Veteran’s Park to them and to their memory.
How fitting that we stand on their bricks -- stand on their names -- just as our society stands upon the freedoms for which they fought.
Our veterans did more than “stand on guard” for these principles, they sacrificed for them; they sacrificed for us.
And, so, we dedicate this beautiful Pelham Veteran’s Park, in their honour.
Their names, their sacrifices, are engraved here for us to see.  May they also be engraved in our minds and on our hearts.
As a result, let us be thankful.  Let us rededicate ourselves to peace.  And let us never forget.