We remember the sacrifices of the families and friends of those who died and were injured in war.
Our purpose is not to glorify war.
War is the most terrible of human endeavours, that we must always strive to avoid, unless there is no other choice to defend our freedoms.
Our war veterans — who we also honour today and whose ranks thin year after year — do not glorify war.
They are in fact our greatest living ambassadors for peace, because they know war is hell on earth and must always be the last resort when conflict looms, never the first.
The red poppy we wear today, by making a small donation to the Royal Canadian Legion to help support today’s veterans, is not a political statement.
It’s the symbol of our remembrance for those who served us in war, its deep red colour reminding us of war’s terrible cost, of the blood it spills and the lives it changes forever.
It reminds us, too, of the moral obligation we all have to see that members of our armed forces and their families are properly cared for today, with decent pensions and benefits.
That is what we remember Wednesday.