Remember the sacrifices

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November 10, 2016 12:00 AM

In 2017 Canada will be celebrating its 150th birthday and through those years as a nation we have faced the challenges of war and also peacekeeping missions many times.
 The South African War, from 1899 to 1902, marked Canada’s first official dispatch of troops to an overseas war.
It would not be the last time.
 One hundred years ago the Battle of the Somme began on the morning of July 1, 1916.
This is a particularly horrific date in history for families from Newfoundland.
Of the 800 1st Newfoundland Regiment that went into battle that morning, only 68 answered to roll call the following day.
 On April 9, 1917, the Battle of Vimy Ridge began.
It was the first time all four divisions of the Canadian Corps fought together as one formation.
The battle ended four days later, but the Canadian victory at Vimy Ridge is considered to be a key point in shaping Canada as a nation.
 The First World War saw more than 650,000 men and women from Canada and Newfoundland serve, of which more than 66,000 gave their lives and more than 172,000 were wounded.
 Think about that for a moment.
It is actually a staggering number, especially for a young nation with a population of only eight million citizens.
One out of every 12 Canadians served in World War l.
Our fight to live in a free and democratic country remains as important to us today as it did then.
The sacrifices of the many so long ago, and now in present day, are not and, should not, ever be forgotten.
 Laying the wreaths on Remembrance Day is not just a tradition, but an important part of our remembrance.
It is a part of our continued support for the men and women in uniform who serve all over the world for our great nation.
 As we reflect on our past and express our gratitude to those who serve today let us never forget and always appreciate the sacrifices given for our freedom.
 Dr. Richard Starke MLA
Vermilion-Lloydminster

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