Whether they are helping Canadian citizens through a natural disaster or keeping the country safe by serving around the world, the men and women who put on a uniform to serve Canada are the everyday superheroes of our country. To honour the sacrifices and service of our troops, the first Sunday of June is the day the country celebrates Canadian Armed Forces Day.
“This year, for the first time, I am celebrating Canadian Armed Forces Day out of uniform. I was proud to serve in our military for over 20 years, and now I am honoured to serve as Minister of National Defence.
“Today (June 6) marks an opportunity to thank the soldiers, sailors, and air personnel who stand ready to protect Canada and defend our freedom and values, at home and abroad. While we honour our armed forces personnel, let us not forget their family members, who make tremendous sacrifices to support their loved one who is a soldier or veteran.
“Those who wear the uniform and stand on guard for Canada are among our finest citizens. These are women and men who have volunteered for a life of service. As Canadians, we are fortunate to be able to count on our armed forces. We see their hard work, professionalism, and dedication on a daily basis, but especially during times of need. Residents of Northern Alberta saw this first hand in the armed forces’ quick response to the recent wildfires, and the world saw it with the CAF’s assistance to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees from Lebanon, Turkey, and Jordan to Canada.
“I am humbled by their sacrifice and dedication. My promise is to continue to ensure that they have the right equipment, resources, and support measures in place so that they can continue to serve Canada proudly.
“I encourage all Canadians to join me in sending a Bravo Zulu to those who serve Canada, and to take the time today to thank a member of the Canadian Armed Forces,” said Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, in a press release.
The Governor-General of Canada, David Johnston, also released a statement to thank Canadian troops for their service and sacrifice.
“As governor general and commander-in-chief of Canada, I am honoured to mark Canadian Armed Forces Day.
“In Canada and around the world, whether contributing to global efforts to fight terrorism, restoring peace and security in conflict zones or providing relief in response to natural disasters, we know that we can count on the sense of duty and unwavering dedication of our men and women in uniform.
“Today, we have the opportunity to convey to them our appreciation as each and every day, they defend the core values that define who we are.
“It gives me great pleasure to join with all Canadians in offering you, our Navy, Army and Air Force personnel, our sincere thanks for your outstanding service. You are a source of national pride,” stated Johnston.
A few bases, including CFB Borden and CFB North Bay, are hosting events this week to celebrate Armed Forces Day.
CFB Borden will be hosting the “Base Borden Canadian Armed Forces Day and Air Show” on Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12. The event will commemorate the 100th anniversary of CFB Borden and the 72nd Anniversary of D-Day.
The city of North Bay is hosting its Armed Forces Day on June 8. The day will feature a parade, a CAF SkyHakws demonstration, musical entertainment and more.