Damien Kurek

COLUMN: We will remember them

In addition to wearing a poppy, consider making a contribution to your local Legion at www.legion.ca

Damien C. Kurek, MP (Battle River-Crowfoot)

In this week’s news column, I want to take the opportunity to talk about our veterans, the sacrifices they made for Canada, and some of the ways we can show our appreciation.

As Canadians, and even as we face significant challenges, we enjoy rights and freedoms that are the envy of the world. Throughout our past, when the world faced evil and tyranny, Canadians stepped up to ensure good prevailed. In defence of freedom and Canada, countless fought, and many gave their lives.

These sacrifices are not just made in wars past; our men and women in uniform still put their lives on the line for us today.

In fact, this year, we have seen our soldiers step up to help domestically and continue to fight for our values around the world.

Tragically, a number of Canadian Armed Forces members have lost their lives in service to Canada over the last year, including Corporal James Choi, who was recently killed in a live-fire exercise at Camp Wainwright here in Battle River – Crowfoot.

On Nov. 11th, we remember the fallen, the sacrifices they made, and why they fought.

The poppy is a persistent symbol of remembering those who are no longer with us and the freedoms that were defended.

The poppy is a simple symbol of remembrance and is distributed by local Legions. We are used to dropping a few coins in the collection containers, and those small donations keep Legions running, so they can continue to support our vets.

This year, local Legions are having an especially difficult time. In addition to wearing a poppy, consider making a contribution to your local Legion at www.legion.ca.

Due to the unique times we are currently living in, Remembrance Day will look different this year. Ceremonies are going to be held virtually, are downsized, or unfortunately cancelled altogether.

With this in mind, I encourage everyone to still ensure they take time to remember. If you can, attend a modified ceremony to pay your respects and honour our veterans, watch a service virtually, and stop by a cenotaph to pay your respects and/or drop off a wreath or some flowers.

Further, we can read stories of those who faced war, we can share with our kids or grandkids about why remembering matters, and we can always take a moment to thank a veteran or soldier for their service and sacrifice.

We must do our part, whatever way we can, to remember and stand up for what those who went before us fought for.

“They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.”

To find a local ceremony to attend, or for more information about Remembrance Day, you can visit https://www.damienkurek.ca/remembrance.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this column you are encouraged to write Damien at 4945-50th Street, Camrose, Alberta, T4V 1P9, call 780-608-4600, text 403.575-5625, or e-mail damien.kurek@parl.gc.ca. You can also stay up to date with what Damien is up to by following him on social media @dckurek.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Spirit’s Respite Ranch near Stettler provides support through animal interaction

‘I also come from a family of doers - if something that is needed isn’t there, you just figure it out’

SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, which causes COVID-19, emerge from the surface of cells isolated from a patient in the U.S. and cultured in a lab in a 2020 electron microscope image. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-HO, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories
Alberta now has 17,743 active cases of COVID-19

Province now has 17,743 active cases

Town of Castor meeting highlights from the Nov. 23rd meeting

Castor’s town council has approved an interim budget going into 2021

The County of Paintearth Council has approved the 2021 operational and capital budgets

Capital spending approved for 2021 amounts to just over $3.8 million

Idyllic winter scenes are part of the atmosphere of the holiday season, and are depicted in many seasonal movies. How much do you know about holiday movies? Put your knowledge to the test. (Pixabay.com)
QUIZ: Test your knowledge of holiday movies and television specials

The festive season is a time for relaxing and enjoying some seasonal favourites

Ten-month-old Aidan Deschamps poses for a photo with his parents Amanda Sully and Adam Deschamps in this undated handout photo. Ten-month-old Aidan Deschamps was the first baby in Canada to be diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy through Ontario’s newborn screening program. The test was added to the program six days before he was born. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Children’s Hospital Eastern Ontario *MANDATORY CREDIT*
First newborn tested for spinal muscular atrophy in Canada hits new milestones

‘If Aidan had been born any earlier or anywhere else our story would be quite different’

People line up at a COVID-19 assessment centre during the COVID-19 pandemic in Scarborough, Ont., on Wednesday, December 2, 2020. Toronto and Peel region continue to be in lockdown. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
COVID-19 vaccine approval could be days away as pressures mount on health-care system

Many health officials in regions across the country have reported increasing pressures on hospitals

File Photo
Sylvan Lake Town Council squashes mask bylaw

The bylaw did not make it past first reading, after a 4-3 vote defeated the motion

A logo for Netflix on a remote control is seen in Portland, Ore.,Aug. 13, 2020. Experts in taxation and media say a plan announced Monday by the government will ultimately add to the cost of digital services and goods sold by foreign companies. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Jenny Kane
‘Netflix tax’ for digital media likely to raise prices for consumers, experts say

The government says Canadian companies already collect those taxes when they make digital sales

Gaming content was big on YouTube in 2020. (Black Press Media files)
What did Canadians watch on Youtube during isolation? Workouts, bird feeders

Whether it was getting fit or ‘speaking moistly,’ Canadians had time to spare this year

A teacher places the finishing touches on the welcome sign at Hunter’s Glen Junior Public School which is part of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) during the COVID-19 pandemic in Scarborough, Ont., on Sept. 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Hindsight 2020: How do you preserve a year many Canadians would rather forget?

Figuring out how to preserve the story of the pandemic poses a series of challenges

Team Manitoba celebrate after defeating Team Ontario to win the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Moose Jaw, Sask., Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. Curling Canada wants Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park to be a curling hub for the season’s top events. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Calgary facility set to become curling hub during pandemic

Curling Canada has provisional approval for Calgary’s hub-city concept from Alberta Health

Most Read