FREDERICTON (GNB) – The following statement was issued today by Premier Brian Gallant on the occasion of Remembrance Day, Friday, Nov. 11:

Each year on Remembrance Day, Canadians gather across the country for a moment of silence to commemorate the sacrifices made by  our veterans, and to pay tribute to the ongoing contributions of the Canadian Forces.

Remembrance Day is an opportunity to pay tribute to the women and men in uniform who protect our rights and freedom, so that we may enjoy the rights and freedoms denied to so many.  As New Brunswickers, we are fortunate to live in a country where families can be raised in peace, and owe a tremendous debt to those who serve their fellow citizens and in many cases, left their families behind. This past year witnessed our province becoming home to many of those looking to flee from conflict. Conflicts occurring in other parts of the world remind us that we are fortunate to live in such a diverse and tolerant country, where we are able to open our doors and communities to the less fortunate.

Remembrance Day is an important part of Canadian history and tradition, and as Canada prepares to celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2017, we recognize the upcoming celebration would not be possible without the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform.

We encourage all to attend their local Remembrance Day ceremony as we commemorate our veterans and those who serve today by remembering their courage, sacrifice and fortitude. Lest we forget.