EDITORIAL: Lest we forget

Attending Penticton's Remembrance Day ceremony is the least we can do to honour those who serve.

Canada is an amazing place to live.

Sure we have our problems, but our problems are of our own making.

If you look around the world, our problems are the envy of millions of people who wish they had access to healthcare, education, free speech and the right to vote, never mind the quality of life many of us enjoy.

These rights, and similar rights shared by the citizens of other countries did not come without a price.

In the First World War, 67,000 Canadians lost their lives and 173,000 came home wounded.

Monday, Nov. 11, marks the 95th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

In the Second World War, more than one million Canadians served in the armed forces and more than 45,000 lost their lives.

The Korean and Afghan wars have added at least another 650 to the number of Canadians who gave their lives in the defence of simple but important freedoms.

In Penticton, the Remembrance Day ceremony is held at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre and begins at 10 a.m.

Attending Monday’s ceremony is the least we can do to honour those who served and those who continue to serve, as well as to remind ourselves just how fortunate we are.

Lest we forget.