As Remembrance Day approaches on November 11th, we take pause to recognize the freedoms that we enjoy here in Canada and the vital contributions our servicemembers have made throughout history fighting for freedom, and peace.

November 9, 2021 is World Freedom Day and recognizes the historic day on November 9, 1989 when the Berlin Wall dividing communist East Germany from West Germany fell following the mass protest of over half a million people gathered in East Berlin and several other protests throughout the region.

This event signified a new outlook on the relations between Russia and the United States and was a sign of the upcoming thaw of the Cold War.

This week is also the International Week of Science and Peace which was was first observed during 1986 as part of the observance of the International Year of Peace and focuses on the promotion of peace and a greater international understanding and opportunities for co-operation in the applications of science for the promotion of peace around the world.

This week as we reflect on the need for peace, freedom, and the removal of barriers, we also honour and remember those who have sacrificed so much to bring peace and to end conflict while in service to our beautiful country.