Sacrifice stands the test of time

Canadians continue to answer their country’s call

When Canadians mark Remembrance Day we tend to reflect back on the courageous service of our fathers and grandfathers on foreign soil so many years ago. The images conveyed through the pages of newspapers and television screens are of grey-haired veterans, medals glistening on the overcoats shielding them from the harsh November winds, wiping away a tear as they mourn the comrades they lost a lifetime ago.

The horrors witnessed by these soldiers, and the bravery they showed in the face of that horror, is something all Canadians should take to heart. They sacrificed their innocence, and in many cases their lives, to build a better world for us today.

Unfortunately, their selfless acts of courage were not enough to prevent their children and grandchildren from being called upon to sacrifice for their country.

That sacrifice was evident to all Canadians and those around the world as the tragedy unfolded last month at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was gunned down as he served as honour guard in front of the monument to Canada’s war dead on Oct. 22. The fatal shooting came only two days after W.O. Patrice Vincent was killed when he and a fellow soldier were struck by a vehicle driven by a suspected terrorist in Quebec.

So when we pause to give thanks to those Canadians who sacrificed so much so we could enjoy all we do today, let us also reflect on those sacrifices yet to come. And let us make a promise to ourselves to do whatever we can to prevent them and honour those who will be called upon to make them. It’s the least we can do for those brave men and women who will be standing in a cold, November rain as they think back on the sacrifices being made today.

 

Just Posted

Dix says B.C. remains focused on fighting youth overdoses in wake of teen’s death

Elliot Eurchuk’s parents say he died at his Oak Bay home after taking street drugs

Parents grieving teen’s overdose death say it started with opioid prescription

Elliot Eurchuk, 16, died at his Oak Bay home Friday, after taking street drugs

New club started for miniature horses in Sooke

Small animals are ‘incredible pets’

Pipeline project protesters stage morning event outside CRA office

Intersection is also busy with ongoing construction activity, caution advised for drivers

Saanich homeowner feels harassed over unsightly premises dispute

Staff recommending council declare the items on Whiteside Road property be declared a nuisance

Turbulent times for outgoing B.C. Lieutenant Governor

Judith Guichon ends term today, returns to Nicola Valley ranch

NHL playoffs weekly roundup

Maple Leafs look to stay alive tonight as they face elimination against Boston on home ice

Electric vehicles more affordable than you think: BC Hydro

Myths blocking road to electric vehicle adoption

Kinder Morgan bungled pipeline public relations: poll

The survey suggests 58 per cent of Canadians believe the company is to blame for poor perceptions

Plane makes a surprise landing on the Coquihalla

Social media was alive Sunday night with pictures from Coquihalla commuters.

Royal baby: It’s a boy for Kate and William

The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to her third child, a boy weighing 8 pounds, 7 ounces.

Scientist warns of declining biodiveristy in Saanich

Saanich residents can learn more about the local effects of climate change… Continue reading

Central Saanich, Tsawout taking part in reconciliation ceremony

Blanket event Monday to help foster mutual trust and respect

Most Read