Today, I like most Canadians will pause in silence to remember those brave women and men who serve and have served in our armed services, and especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives for our country. I am ever in awe of those who have the courage to strap on battle gear and go forward to face an armed enemy knowing full well that they may be fighting their last battle and may never again see their families.
Today I give special thanks to the several hundred members of the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada who were killed in action, died of wounds or of other causes in foreign wars. The Regiment landed on Bernieres-sur-Mer at 08:12 hrs on the 6th of June 1944 as part of the leading wave of the D-Day (Normandy) invasion. Some of the first Allied boots on Juno Beach belonged to the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada. Ordinary men doing extraordinary things.
They died so that we can live in freedom.
In 2010 the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada will be Canada’s oldest continuously-serving infantry regiment.
“In Pace Paratus - In Peace Prepared”
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