Following is a Remembrance Day statement from Al Siebring, Mayor of the Municipality of North Cowichan:
“Each year, on November 11, we pause to pay tribute to all the men and women who have served our great nation. We stand in solidarity to honour the sacrifices that have been made to secure our freedoms, democracy and the quality of life we enjoy today.
We acknowledge the countless acts of bravery that have been shown by our past and present military members in times of war, military conflict and peace. We commit to teaching our younger generations about the importance of taking time on this day to bow our heads and remember.
This year, as we mark 75 years since the end of the Second World War, we acknowledge every strong, resilient and heroic individual who has served Canada over the course of our history.
Although we may not be able to gather in person this year, I want to encourage everyone in North Cowichan to proudly display red poppies as a physical symbol that we will not forget the legacy left behind by those who have served – a legacy of a proud, strong and free nation. I also encourage each of you to stop at 11 a.m. on Wednesday and observe a moment of silence in your own spaces.
So, on behalf North of Cowichan, I’d like to say thank you to all who have offered their lives in the line of duty, to our veterans and to our active service members. You make us proud.
Lest we forget.”