The Canadian Armed Forces have never had to defend Canada from foreign invaders, and they have never had to lay their lives on the line to protect our way of life, or retaliate for an attack on our great country.
No Canadian soldier has ever died to protect Canadian democracy or Canadians’ basic human rights.
These are the things our Armed Forces have never done, and I am very proud of the things they have never had to do.
I am also very proud of what our Armed Forces have done.
They have liberated countries from Nazi control, kept the peace in war torn regions, and come to the aid of our friends and allies in their time of need.
The Canadian Forces have played major roles in many important conflicts around the world such as the battle at Passchendaele in Belgium during World War I, the D-Day invasion of Juno Beach in France during World War II, the Battle of Kapyong in Korea, protecting Kuwait from Iraqi invasion during the Gulf War, and aiding our neighbours in their hour of need after Sept. 11, 2001 in bringing down the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.
Another thing the Canadian Forces have never done is start a war, but they sure help end them.
Canada is a great friend to have, and when our friends and neighbours need us, our men and women in uniform are there to answer the call to help.
And even though the Canadian Forces have never had to protect Canadians from the forces of evil, they have most certainly protected our friends and fought for what’s right.
For that, we should be thankful and very proud.