On November 11th, Remembrance Day, we take the time to reflect, remember and honour those in armed forces who have lost their lives serving our country and fighting for our freedom. More than a million-and-a-half Canadians served overseas and more than 100,000 died. We also remember those who stayed in Canada and served on our soil.
Remembrance Day is very special and meaningful to all of us at Marine Atlantic. As an organization, we are very proud to support our armed forces personnel and are especially proud to have many current and past service members as our employees.
This year marks the centennial of the end of World War 1. The armistice of November 11, 1918, brought relief to the whole world. Canada’s war effort was remarkable – more than 650,000 men and women from Canada and Newfoundland served — over 66,000 gave their lives and more than 172,000 were wounded.
Whether it was the Newfoundland “Blue Puttees” that bravely fought during World War I, the brave Nova Scotia Highlanders’ regiments that were an integral part of World War II, the peacekeepers whose efforts protect civilians in war zones or the thousands of military personnel who serve our country today, we honour the sacrifices and achievements made by those who served our country. Lest we forget.