NDP Critic for Veterans, Legions and Military Affairs Jennie Stevens delivers Remembrance Day Statement on behalf of the Official Opposition
“It is an important pledge, and honourable pledge, to match the words of honouring our veterans, our military, our front line with acts that ensure they are better taken care of. We owe so many generations the promise of health care when they need it, shelter to avoid homelessness and a system of long-term care that honours the aging process with dignity.” – Jennie Stevens, NDP MPP for Riding of St. Catharines, Ontario
News from the Constituency Office of St. Catharines NDP MPP Jennie Stevens
Posted November 5th, 2021 on Niagara At Large
QUEEN’S PARK – Ontario Official Opposition NDP Critic for Veterans, Legions and Military Affairs, Jennie Stevens, led her caucus (this November 4th) to mark Remembrance Day at the Ontario Legislature, honouring veterans and reminding that recognition needs to include action:
“Today we honour the many Canadians who have fought for our country, serving overseas or closer to home….
We remember the women and men, families, and communities that were forever changed by the First and Second World Wars. And we acknowledge the bravery, sacrifice and heart of all who served our nation during all other wars, conflicts, peacekeeping and even within our borders against COVID-19. We must never take for granted the immeasurable sacrifice they made to serve our country, and never forget the tragedy of each lost life.
Remembrance Day ceremonies this year will return to a much more familiar and normal experience than last years that occurred during our own battle against this pandemic.
This year more than any other, On the 100th year of the poppy as Canada’s symbol of Remembrance, help us honour and remember all those who wore a uniform for Canada.
While symbols are important, it is also equally important to match the enthusiasm that we exert when we reflect and honour these sacrifices, to commit ourselves to action to help those that sacrificed so much already.
It is an important pledge, and honourable pledge, to match the words of honouring our veterans, our military, our front line with acts that ensure they are better taken care of. We owe so many generations the promise of health care when they need it, shelter to avoid homelessness and a system of long-term care that honours the aging process with dignity.
That’s because we must remember to thank our Canadian military members who saved many lives by looking after our seniors in understaffed Long term Care Homes last year. Even when the fight did not leave the borders of our country, sacrifices were still made by our military. And, the best way we can honour them is by ensuring fast and real action…
Lest we forget that the peace we enjoy here in Ontario, and in Canada, is due to the bravery and profound sacrifices of our valiant Canadian Armed Forces.”
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