Veterans deserve our gratitude

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On Nov. 11 we all join together to honour the sacrifices Canada’s veterans made in conflicts across the globe for more than a century, protecting Canada, defending our freedoms and preserving peace.

Thousands paid the ultimate price. Close to 61,000 Canadians were killed during the First World War, and another 172,000 were wounded. More than 40,000 were killed in the Second World War. Since then, from Korea to Afghanistan, to peacekeeping missions and the fight against ISIS, Canadian soldiers have fought and died for a better world.

Some have passed on, leaving it to others to share their stories. Others are still here and deserve honour for their service. Their efforts and sacrifices can never be forgotten.

This is why we remember.

People in Okotoks and across the Foothills area should be proud. Services across the Foothills attract thousands and attendance has grown.

And, it’s not limited to one day each year. Birth of a Nation Day – commemorating the Battle of Vimy Ridge – has become a tradition in the Foothills. In Okotoks, the new Memorial Wall on Veterans Way will preserve the memories of those from this community who served.

It’s moving to witness.

Our veterans deserve our thanks and gratitude.

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