“Today, I join Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast in paying tribute to the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces who courageously put their lives on the line to protect and defend our country and preserve the fundamental values of freedom, democracy and rule of law here at home and around the world.
“Whether protecting our sovereignty in the North, responding to natural disasters across the country, training Afghan security forces or working with international partners to protect civilians in Libya, our Forces carry out their duties with exemplary bravery and dedication. Wherever they are and whatever the task, they embody the very best of what it means to be Canadian.
“As we offer our heartfelt gratitude to all members of the Canadian Armed Forces – both past and present – let us also give thanks to their families whose love and support give our troops the strength to continue their important work.
“Let us also honour and remember the countless soldiers, sailors and air men and women who paid the ultimate price serving our great nation.
“The Canadian Armed Forces deserve our most profound admiration, respect, and support. On behalf of the Government of Canada, I express my utmost appreciation to all our service men and women who put the interests of their country ahead of their own each and every day.”