For Immediate Release
November 11th, 2015
Statement by Mayor Crombie Marking Remembrance Day 2015
“On behalf of the City of Mississauga and Members of Council, we join with all residents to mark the solemn occasion of Remembrance Day.
“We come together at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, because it was at this time that the bloodshed of the First World War came to an end.
“The First World War was not the first, nor the last time, that our brave men and women in uniform sacrificed their limbs and lives so that we could be a free society.
“This past August we commemorated the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in the Far East, known as V-J (Victory over Japan) Day.
“That same month, Mississauga said goodbye to former mayor, and heroic World War II veteran, Ron Searle. Mr. Searle fought bravely against the tyranny of the Nazi regime and defended the unwavering Canadian values of peace, respect for the rule of law, and democracy.
“This year we also marked the 150th anniversary of The Lorne Scots (Peel, Dufferin and Halton Regiment). Members served in nearly every theatre of war in which Canada has fought, and continue to safeguard local communities at home, and around the world.
“The Regiment’s origin is traced to the 20th Halton and 36th Peel Battalions of Infantry, both raised in September 1866. The Lorne Scots will forever hold an important place in Mississauga.
“Although we come together once a year to hold Remembrance Day services, I would like to single out Mississauga’s three Royal Canadian Legion Branches: Cooksville Branch 582; Port Credit Branch 82; and Streetsville Branch 139; along with the Army Navy and Air Force Veterans Unit #262 in Lakeview.
“These local groups hold Remembrance Day services in neighbourhoods throughout our City, and the work they undertake year-round is commendable.
“The membership is part of a bigger mission to safeguard and promote this country’s history. They help ensure that current and future generations can truly understand and appreciate what life was like for those generations who came before us and made the ultimate sacrifice.
“Today, soldiers from the various service branches of the Canadian Armed Forces continue to make us proud, and bravely undertake important peacekeeping missions around the world.
“I want to thank those residents who currently have a loved one in active service. This cannot be easy. You live with ongoing uncertainty and growing concern for their safety. You just want your son or daughter, husband or wife, to come home safe and sound.
“Thank you for your own sacrifices and support, so that our soldiers can undertake their mission to keep Canada safe.
“In closing, on this day, let us keep in our thoughts and prayers all those fallen soldiers who fought so we could be a free and law abiding nation.
“Lest We Forget.”