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Stephen Harper on Sacrifice Medals

Stephen Harper on Sacrifice Medals


THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL HAS BEEN HANDING OUT CANADA’S FIRST EVER SACRIFICE MEDALS IN THE WITNESS OF THE PRIME MINISTER, WHO HAS NOW COME TO THE PODIUM TO SAY A FEW WORDS.>>Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper: WHETHER IT BE RAPPELING THE INVADERS AT QUEENSTON HEIGHTS, STORMING VIMY RIDGE, JUNO BEACH DAY, SAVING SOUL, STARING DOWN THE SOVIETS IN THE COLD WAR, PEACEKEEPING MISSIONS IN NUMEROUS COUNTRIES OR TAKING ON TERRORISTS IN AFGHANISTAN TODAY, TIME AND AGAIN, CANADIANS HAVE PROVEN THEMSELVES AMONG THE BRAVEST, MOST SKILLED AND MOST SUCCESSFUL SOLDIERS, SAILORS AND AIRMEN AND WOMEN ON EARTH. (Voice of Translator): IT IS COMPLETELY APPROPRIATE FOR THIS INAUGURAL CEREMONY FOR THE MEDALS. IT SHOULD TAKE PLACE TODAY ON THE OCCASION OF THE 20th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BERLIN WALL FALLING. THE VALUES AND LIFESTYLES THAT HAVE TRIUMPHED ON THIS DAY IN 1989, THE REASONS WHY THE MILITARY HAVE FOUGHT AND LOST THEIR LIVES THROUGHOUT OUR PROUD MILITARY HISTORY. FREEDOM, DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS. (End of translation). IT IS MOST FITTING THAT THIS INAUGURAL SACRIFICE MEDAL CEREMONY IS TAKING PLACE TODAY ON THE OCCASION OF THE 20th ANNIVERSARY OF THE FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL. THE VALUES AND THE WAY OF LIFE THAT TRIUMPHED ON THIS DAY IN 1989 ARE THE SAME OUR TROOPS HAVE FOUGHT AND DIED FOR THROUGHOUT OUR PROUD MILITARY HISTORY. FREEDOM, DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE RULE OF LAW. I SCARCELY NEED TO REMIND THE PEOPLE IN THIS ROOM THAT THESE ARE NO NEAR ABSTRACTIONS. THESE ARE THE VERY FOUNDATIONS UPON WHICH OUR LIVES OF PEACE AND PROSPERITY ARE BUILT. AND IT IS ONLY WHEN THESE VALUES ARE IN PERIL, WHEN WE HAVE TO DEFEND THEM, THAT WE CAN TRULY UNDERSTAND THEIR WORTH. (Voice of Translator): IN CONCLUSION, IN THE NAME OF THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA, AND INDEED, THE NAME OF ALL CANADIANS, I WANT TO THANK EACH ONE OF THE RECIPIENTS TODAY AS WELL AS THEIR FAMILY AND. (End of translation). ON BEHALF OF THE GO GOVERNMENT OF THE CANADA AND ALL CANADIANS, I WANT TO THANK EACH AND EVERY ONE OF TODAY’S RECIPIENTS AS WELL AS THEIR FAMILIES AND LOVED ONES. THANK YOU. FOR BRINGING LIGHT AND HOPE TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE LONG KNOWN ONLY DARKNESS AND DESPAIR. THANK YOU FOR GIVING SO MUCH OF YOURSELF, PERHAPS EVEN MORE THAN YOU THOUGHT YOU HAD TO GIVE IN THE SERVICE OF YOUR FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS. THANK YOU FOR NOBLY UPHOLDING MOST OF ALL CANADA’S PROUD TRADITION OF COURAGE AND SACRIFICE NO MATTER WHAT THE ODDS. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THIS IS THE SOLDIER’S LEGACY TO US. THE COUNTRY TO BELIEVE IN, THE COUNTRY TO INSPIRE, A COUNTRY TO LOVE. GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU. GOD BLESS CANADA. [ APPLAUSE ]>Dan: THAT’S THE PRIME MINISTER SPEAKING IN OTTAWA AT RIDEAU HALL. THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL HAS BEEN HANDING OUT CANADA’S FIRST EVER SACRIFICE MEDALS, WHICH WERE CREATED TO RECOGNIZE MEMBERS OF THE


Reader Comments

  1. When Harper's government stops farting around on the prisoner torture issue, then he can make speeches about the sacrifices of our troops.

    Until then, he's relieving himself on their graves.

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