Lieutenant Governor Russ Mirasty’s Message for Remembrance Day

Monday, Nov. 9, 2020
One hundred and two years ago, on November 11th at 11 a.m., an Armistice agreement ended the First World War. Since then, Canadians have paused in a moment of silence each November 11th to honour and remember the men and women who have served, and continue to serve Canada during times of war, conflict and peace.
Behind me is a photograph of the Saskatchewan War Memorial, and in particular, the monument to those who served during the Second World War. This global conflict, which ended 75 years ago, resulted in thousands of Saskatchewan casualties. Most were very young men – boys, really, whose lives ended on a battlefield, aboard a ship, submarine or airplane. Nothing we can do, no medal, plaque or honour, will give them the future that was lost when they were killed.
There were many others who experienced the horrors of that war, and returned home. They lived with the visible and invisible scars of war the rest of their lives.
Like so many events right now, Remembrance ceremonies are impacted by COVID guidelines. If you are unable to attend a ceremony, I encourage you to observe 2 minutes of silence to remember those who have served and sacrificed for our country.  And I encourage you to do even more.  The best way we can pay tribute to our veterans is by contributing to our communities. Whether you give back in large or small ways, everyone can contribute. May our service be the legacy of their sacrifice.
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Carolyn Speirs
Office of the Lieutenant Governor

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