Colonel Louis Lapointe, Commander, Garrison Petawawa & Chief Warrant Officer Tom Verner, Chief Warrant Officer, Garrison Petawawa

Veterans’ Week Message from the Garrison Petawawa Commander and Garrison Chief Warrant Officer


Posted on Thursday November 8, 2018

Each year during Veterans Week the soldiers and civilians from Garrison Petawawa spread out in communities across the Ottawa Valley and Pontiac, Quebec in support of services that reflect and commemorate the fallen of our countries past wars.

Again this year our workforce, both in uniform and in civilian attire, will gather at cenotaphs, schools, legions and municipal offices to recognize with our fellow citizens the 11th day of the 11th month on the 11th hour.

This year marks a significant time in our history as we remember the end of the First World War.

The Armistice of November 11, 1918, brought relief to the whole world. Never before had there been such a conflict. For a nation of eight million people Canada’s war effort was remarkable. More than 650,000 men and women from Canada and Newfoundland served — over 66,000 gave their lives and more than 172,000 were wounded. It was this immense sacrifice that lead to Canada’s separate signature on the Peace Treaty. No longer viewed as just a colony of England, Canada had truly achieved nation status. This nationhood was purchased by the gallant men who stood fast at Ypres, stormed Regina Trench, climbed the heights of Vimy Ridge, captured Passchendaele, and entered Mons on November 11, 1918.

We at Garrison Petawawa know all too well how significant this week is and we will embrace it with the same courage, commitment and honour we always have. It is important that we never stop remembering the thousands of Canadian soldiers, sailors, aircrew and merchant seamen who died in two World Wars, that we continue to remember the more than 500 soldiers who died while serving in Korea, that we never forget the more than 100 soldiers who died on peace support missions since 1945 and we remember the 158 soldiers and two civilians who have died in recent years in Afghanistan and the wounded and injured veterans as they continue their struggle and recovery.

Remembrance Day should also be a time for us to remember how fortunate we are to live in the greatest country in the world, thanks in large part to those brave Canadians who fought to uphold our values. Please join us this year at these communities and schools as we gather to pay tribute to our lost brothers and sisters. Stand beside us as we stand alongside our families, our honoured veterans and our communities.