Sunday, May 08, 2005

Thank you

Thousands of people turned out in the Netherlands today to honour the Canadian troops who freed their country from the Nazis 60 years ago. It is at times like this that we are reminded that the freedom we take for granted was not won easily. The Canadian military played an important role in fighting fascism in Europe.

As much as people like to talk these days about Canada's role in the world as peacekeepers, our soldiers earned a reputation as brave fighters during the wars of the 20th Century. We should not forget this side of our history. While not dismissing the work that soldiers have done as peacekeepers throughout the world, it is important to acknowledge that Canada has not traditionally been a pacifist nation and did not shy away from a fight when it was necessary.

Many thousands of Canadians gave their lives defeating the forces of tyranny. We all -- not just Europeans -- owe them our thanks.

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