"Today, we honour the brave members of the Canadian Armed Forces, past and present, who put their lives on the line to advance stability and peace around the world, and to protect the fundamental values and interests that define this country.
“I am humbled by the immense dedication, selflessness, and compassion demonstrated by those who answer the call to serve. Whether deployed in combat or peace operations, or during disaster relief efforts, they represent the very best of what it means to be Canadian.
“The weight of military service can take a toll on people who wear the uniform. It can also be challenging for families and loved ones. Their enduring support and sacrifice are a tremendous source of strength to our armed forces, and we all owe an immeasurable debt of gratitude to these exceptional Canadians.
“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I thank past and present members of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families for their invaluable service and sacrifice, so that we can enjoy peace, freedom, and democracy.”