Patricia Varga, the Dominion President of the Royal Canadian Legion sends this message to fellow Canadians and world citizens on the auspicious occasion of the 92nd Anniversary of Armistice Day, on 11th November 2010:
As we approach Remembrance Day on 11 November, we would ask all Canadians to
pause and think about the sacrifices of our veterans. We ask you to do this because we
know Canadians care. It is on this day that we think about sacrifice, what it meant in the
past, what it means to us now and what it will mean to us in the future.
We ask you to think about the 117,000 Canadians that have lost their lives protecting
our values, our heritage, and our nation. Today the men and women of the Canadian
Forces continue to make the ultimate sacrifice so that people in other nations may enjoy
the same type of freedoms. On November 11 the Legion will lead all Canadians in
remembering those who have given their lives for Canada. We ask you most especially
to remember those who recently lost their lives in Afghanistan and were brought home
to rest in peace. They join the many courageous Canadians who paid the ultimate
sacrifice and lay in foreign shores. Their sacrifice reminds us that freedom is not free
but paid for in the blood of our young men and women.
We ask you for two minutes silence on this day. Two minutes of your time to ensure
that the sacrifices made are not forgotten. It is our solemn duty as citizens to remember
those who have given so much. We honor their valor and courage and offer our
gratitude. We will remember them.
Since its inception in 1926, the Royal Canadian Legion strives to secure adequate pensions and benefits for veterans and their dependants, dealing directly with the Canadian Federal Government. It is the largest of the many veterans Organizations in Canada with over 358,000 members.
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Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country at the crossroads of Central and South Asia. Afghanistan is bordered by Pakistan to the east and south; Iran to the west; Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan to the north; and China to the northeast.
Occupying 652,000 square kilometers (252,000 sq mi), it is a mountainous country with plains in the north and southwest. Kabul is the capital and largest city. The population is around 32 million, composed mostly of ethnic Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazaras, and Uzbeks.
Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. It extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres (3.85 million square miles), making it the world’s second-largest country by total area.
Its southern and western border with the United States, stretching 8,891 kilometres (5,525 mi), is the world’s longest bi-national land border. Canada’s capital is Ottawa, and its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.
Various Indigenous peoples inhabited what is now Canada for thousands of years before European colonization. The Canada Act 1982, which severed the vestiges of legal dependence on the British Parliament. Canada is a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy in the Westminster tradition, with a monarch and a prime minister who serves as the chair of the Cabinet and head of government.
As a highly developed country, Canada has the seventeenth-highest nominal per-capita income globally as well as the thirteenth-highest ranking in the Human Development Index. Its advanced economy is the tenth-largest in the world, relying chiefly upon its abundant natural resources and well-developed international trade networks.