It looks like a blustery, raw day today, but we will gladly brave the elements and join thousands of other grateful Hamiltonians at Gore Park as we honour those who served and those who gave their lives in defence of our country and our way of life.
I’ve had family members who have served our country and some who have died in defence of our freedoms, and like so many others, we think of them and their stories on this day.
These were ordinary people who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances; they had jobs and families here at home, yet they put their lives on hold, and in some cases, sacrificed their lives half a world away to defeat a tyranny that threatened the very freedoms we hold so dear.
Remembrance Day is not about politics, it’s about people.
Someone once defined ‘courage’ not as the absence of fear, but overcoming fear to do what you know in your heart is the right thing to do.
These were steel workers, lawyers, bakers and accountants and any number of other occupations who answered the call when their country needed them.
Today , we honour their bravery and courage.
We will never forget them.