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Remembrance Day, we’re a generation that, you know, we have the most recent conflict that we are Veterans, that part of the current generation right now. I can’t imagine what it was like to be in the other generations.

It took me a couple of years to actually go and do a Veteran’s day ceremony again because I had, I had my own issues of, it’s tough to be injured.

It's very close to when my accident happened as well. It was November 21 , so ten days after Remembrance Day, so that time of the year I get to the point where I am reminded of my injuries because of the anniversary of it but it’s just a reflection of where I’ve been and where I am now and I remember people I have served with and people who are here, people who are gone.

On November 11th I think, of course, of all the losses. All these people that sacrificed their lives for their country. Again, I think about all the injured and everybody that served their country and it is a special day. It’s always a bit of a difficult day because I get a bit emotional thinking about all these people.

The first thing I do is I remember the fallen. I’ve lost a number of friends and colleagues over the years, some to accidents, some from natural causes and I remember their service and what they brought to the table and how they made the world a better place.

You know, a lot of people around here look at me when I say "Yeah, I'm a Veteran." "You're not a Veteran." "No, I am a Veteran. I served."

Who is going to take over, you know, flying the flag of Veterans? It's me. It's my generation. It's our turn to step up and have that sense of pride now that, you know, I'm a Veteran.

Veterans' week is a chance for all of us to remember those who have served Canada in uniform for more than a century.

It's a time to reflect on what it takes to leave your family and community behind in times of war or peace. To step in harm's way in service of others.

This year as we mark 75 years since the end of the Second World War, we're reminded of the more than a million Canadians and Newfoundlanders who helped secure that hard won peace.

Theirs is a legacy of ordinary folk who stepped forward to do their part in the face of enormous challenge, and I hope we can all remember it at a time like this.

So this Veterans' Week, take a minute to remember and to say thank you to our fallen, our Veterans, and all of those who wear the uniform today.

Lest we forget.









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