Two soldiers salute memorial, wreaths and two soldiers standing guard in foreground, small crowd in backgrond

Garrison Petawawa’s Command Team lay a wreath during the Remembrance Day Ceremony in Pembroke on November 11, 2020. (Photo by Sailor 1st Class Elizabeth Ross, Garrison Imaging Petawawa)

Veterans' Week Message From the Garrison Petawawa Commander and Garrison Chief Warrant Officer


Posted on Thursday November 4, 2021

In recognition of Veterans’ Week, we as Canadians will participate, virtually and in person, in commemorative ceremonies and events across this country. From November 5-11 we encourage you to take every available chance to reflect on the efforts of our Canadian Armed Forces members, both past and present. Never forget their sacrifices in the name of peace and freedom – sacrifices that made Canada the country it is today. Let us also celebrate the lives of those who made it home, who survived to have families and to grow old.

As we take the time to honour the legacy of Canadian Armed Forces members, our veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice, it is also important that we recognize the 30th Anniversary of the Gulf War, 105th Anniversary of the Creation of the No. 2 Construction Battalion, the 105th Anniversary of the battles of the Somme and Beaumont-Hamel, as well as other key milestones commemorated in 2021.

The soldiers and civilians that work at Garrison Petawawa have a proud and long- standing relationship with the communities in this region. Each year during Veterans’ Week they are traditionally found spread out across the Ottawa Valley and Pontiac, Quebec in support of the events and ceremonies.

In light of the ongoing effects of the pandemic (COVID-19) our support will look a little different again this year. While we will continue to support our communities at ceremonies and events, our overall numbers of CAF personnel will be smaller to ensure we do our part to protect the community and the force. Having said this, our soldiers and civilians are encouraged to attend ceremonies either virtually or in person so we continue to be present to tell our story, and to honour our past. It is important that our message of remembrance be shared and that we continue to support the communities that we live in.

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. We will pause this week to remember the thousands of Canadian soldiers, sailors, aviators and merchant sailors who died in the two World Wars. We will also remember the more than 500 soldiers who died while serving in Korea, 100 soldiers who died on peacekeeping missions since 1945 and the wounded and injured veterans and 158 soldiers and two civilians who died in recent years in Afghanistan.

We thank them for their service and remember them always.

Colonel J.D.V. Vass
Commander 4 CDSG

4 CDSG Formation Sergeant Major
Chief Warrant Officer A.J. Durnford