Today, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, Major General Andrew Roe laid the wreath at the Defence Academy’s annual Armistice Day service, paying our respect for the sacrifices of the Armed Forces.
"Remembrance is about more than remembering. It is about honouring those that fought for peace, and those who died as peacemakers. Being a peacemaker isn’t about avoiding all conflict at all times. Being a true peacemaker involves getting your hands dirty, standing up for injustice wherever you find it, and giving the oppressed a voice. But being a peacemaker is also costly: it involves sacrifice. That sacrifice may be your relationships, your career, your status, or ultimately your life. The women and men that we remember at this time thought that peace was worth that sacrifice. It is our privilege to honour their memory by doing likewise." - Padre Phil Craven, Station Chaplain
Today, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, Major General Andrew Roe laid the wreath at the Defence Academy’s annual Armistice Day service, paying our respect for the sacrifices of the Armed Forces. This year the scaled-back service is a departure from earlier years when the entire Defence Academy community would unite to commemorate our fallen.
Major General Andrew Roe:
“Armistice Day holds a special place for us at the Defence Academy, and for many across our nation. It is a time to reflect upon the sacrifices of the past and come together as a community. This year, it is regrettable that the pandemic continues to affect us, requiring us to adapt to protect ourselves and our community. As I laid the wreath outside at the atation memorial site today in a reduced service, I did so on behalf of all of the Defence Academy – military, civil service and contractors – as we remember.”