Today is the day set aside to honour the men and women who have put their lives on the line to keep our country free. All of the privileges that you and I enjoy today and the type of society we live in were paid for with the blood of Canadian men and women who were not afraid to make the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf. To this day, the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces have shown this willingness in places like Afghanistan to push back the dark side of international terrorism. We also owe a debt of gratitude to the families who allowed their sons and daughters, husbands, wives and loved ones to take on these tasks on our behalf. We must always remember for every life lost, there is a grieving family at home.
Yesterday at my church we had a very interesting presentation as part of our Remembrance Day service. There was a short film presented by one of the ladies in our congregation. Her daughter worked on this film and tragically past away from breast cancer before the film was released to the public. This film was done through the now-departed SCN television network and talked about the naming of lakes and other geographic locations spread across northern Saskatchewan for our Armed Forces personnel who gave their lives in battle.
The film was very moving as it interviewed Veterans from the Regina Rifles Regiment and in particular, the family of one of the fallen soldiers from that regiment – the Dreaver Family - from around Prince Albert. Saskatchewan has done more than any other province, I believe, by honouring our fallen soldiers, sailors and airmen in this way. It has taken countless hours by many individuals to pick out the appropriate locations and name them on behalf of our fallen comrades and providing the appropriate information to family members and the public so that if people wish to visit these locations, they can do so. I remember flying over northern Saskatchewan in my duties as Minister of Energy and Mines and having the pilot point out some of the lakes that were named in honour of our military members. It was a moving experience.
I believe this film should be shown in every school in Saskatchewan as part of the curriculum so that future generations understand not only the sacrifice but also to be aware of the fact that we have honoured these individuals by permanently naming places that we hope will be around forever. Watching the Dreaver family go up to northern Saskatchewan to the lake named in honour of a Father, Grandfather and now a Great-Grandfather and place a plaque to honour their family member and his sacrifice for our country was a very moving experience.
Lest We Never Forget.
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