November 11th, 2013 - 9:33pm
It was an honour this morning to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph as Member of Parliament for the residents of Victoria. As a city, we are fortunate today to live in a quiet corner of a peaceful country.
It is all the more important, then, to remember that we owe the peace we enjoy today not to mere good fortune, but to the work and sacrifice of others--women and men, young and old; soldiers, peacekeepers, and civilians--who even in the darkest hours believed a better and more peaceful world was possible.
On Remembrance Day, we join in expressing our gratitude to those who sacrificed so much for the peaceful life we live today, as well as our hopes for the safety of all those in conflicts around the globe.
We know, too, that peace is more than just the absence of war, and today is more than just a day of remembrance. It's a time to reaffirm the promise we make as a country to those who serve in uniform, to ensure that every veteran, and their families, receive the continued support of a grateful nation, and to commit ourselves anew to the hard work of creating peace with each other and around the world.