Chief of the Defence Employees Gen. Wayne Eyre says Canada “has a lot work to do” to have the ability to face a declining safety state of affairs all over the world.
Eyre informed International Information’ Mercedes Stephenson on the nationwide Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa Saturday that he’s “very involved” about Canada’s readiness, after spending a lot of the previous 12 months warning that the world is going through unprecedented safety threats amid the continuing conflicts in Ukraine, Israel and the Gaza Strip, and rising tensions with India and China.
“Now we have a lot to do to get our readiness again to the place it must be,” he stated.
“We’re not insular right here on this nation. Occasions all over the world can immediately impression our safety.”
Canada’s historical past in previous wars, present safety troubles, together with the continuing conflicts all over the world are trigger for important reflection, Eyre stated.
“It’s a deeply, deeply private day,” he stated.
1000’s of Canadians attended the nationwide Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa and at cenotaphs throughout the nation to honour the navy servicemen and girls who put their lives on the road.
The ceremony came about after a 12 months that noticed the Canadian Armed Forces deploy 1000’s of troops to battle home disasters, together with the historic wildfires that blazed a path of destruction from coast to coast to coast.
However as Canada takes in all that has occurred previously 12 months, eyes flip to those that have fought in battles all over the world from the Second World Struggle to the Korean Struggle, in addition to more moderen conflicts like that in Afghanistan.
A couple of million Canadians served within the Second World Struggle. Greater than 45,000 died and one other 55,000 have been wounded. One other 33,000 fought within the Korean Struggle.
Veterans Affairs Canada says there are 9,267 veterans of the Second World Struggle and Korean Struggle who’re nonetheless alive in Canada.
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Gov.-Gen. Mary Simon, who’s Canada’s commander-in-chief, was in attendance and presided over the ceremony.
For the federal government, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended alongside Veterans Affairs Minister Ginette Petitpas-Taylor.
Petitpas-Taylor informed Stephenson on the ceremony that “companies at Veterans Affairs need to evolve,” noting that roughly 8,200 members from the Canadian Armed Forces retire yearly.
The minister stated it is vital that care companies are ready for the number of challenges trendy veterans could expertise similar to post-traumatic stress dysfunction (PTSD) and different psychological well being situations. Child Boomers are additionally growing older and now in search of long run care companies, she added.
“These are the kinds of conversations that we proceed to have,” Petitpas-Taylor stated.
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In a Remembrance Day assertion, Trudeau inspired Canadians to put on a poppy and take two minutes of silence to honour those that have fought, in addition to troops who’ve taken half in peacekeeping missions and people who are coaching Ukrainian troopers.
“Remembrance Day is a chance to acknowledge members of the Canadian Armed Forces who’ve courageously answered the decision of obligation. When it was wanted most, they left behind their households and houses,” Trudeau stated. “Many returned with extreme trauma, or didn’t return in any respect. Their sacrifice is a debt that we will by no means repay.”
The Silver Cross Mom this 12 months, Gloria Hooper from St. Claude, Man., laid a wreath on the Cenotaph on behalf of all dad and mom who misplaced a toddler in uniform. Hooper’s son, Sapper Chris Holopina, was a fight engineer based mostly in Petawawa and was serving in Bosnia in 1996 as a part of Operation Alliance. He was 22 years previous on the time and was one of many 23 Canadian Forces members who misplaced their lives whereas deployed within the Balkans between 1992 and 2010.
The ceremony additionally comes as Canada marks the seventy fifth anniversary of the primary peacekeeping mission — held within the Center East — which noticed peacekeepers monitor the truce between Israel and its Arab neighbours.
The CAF first participated in a peacekeeping mission in 1954 in Cambodia. Since then, Canada has participated in dozens of peacekeeping missions, with the longest ever in Cyprus lasting from 1964 to 1993, with a small contingent of navy observers nonetheless there in the present day.
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A separate ceremony for Indigenous veterans additionally came about at 9 a.m. native time on the Aboriginal Veterans Monument.
— with recordsdata from The Canadian Press and International Information’ David Akin and Bryan Mullan
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