As director of public affairs it is an honour for me to emcee the annual Jewish General Hospital Remembrance Day ceremony. This is a solemn and meaningful occasion for the staff, volunteers and even some patients to gather for fifteen minutes to pay tribute to those who have fallen so that we may live in freedom. It gives us the chance to say thank you to the brave soldiers of the Canadian Armed Forces as well as to veterans of war, conflicts and those who serve in peacekeeping missions around the world.
Each year, on the 11th day of the 11th month, at the 11th hour, we pause to remember.
This year we also mark 100 years since the beginning of the First World War. And we sadly remember W.O. Fabrice Vincent and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, tragically cut down not on faraway battlefields, but right here on Canadian soil, just two short weeks ago.
I was pleased to recognize Craig Goral, from the JGH security team and former member of the Canadian Grenadier Guards, and Sandy Bernstein, well known JGH volunteer selling poppies and used books and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 97. My father, George Nashen, also joined us. My father is a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 97, veteran of WWII in the Royal Canadian Air Force, having served overseas for a few years. He was also was present for the inauguration of the JGH 80 years ago.