Saskatchewan, and all of Canada, has much to celebrate as we enjoy freedoms unequalled almost anywhere else in the world. The current prosperity across Saskatchewan is possible not just because of business growth or commodity prices, but because thousands of individual Canadians have risked or are risking their lives to protect our foundations of peace, freedom and democracy.
November 11 is the day to acknowledge those men and women who are currently serving our country, those who served before and those who have since passed. Their sacrifices protect us even today. "Some gave all, and all gave some." They make us proud and deserve our respect and gratitude.
On behalf of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce I ask that all business people take special care this year to remember those members of the Canadian Forces and RCMP who have given their time, their talents and all too often, their health and lives for Canada.
This year start wearing a poppy earlier, and continue to wear it every day during Remembrance Week. Purchase a wreath and display it proudly in your store or office. If your business will be open on November 11, please stop for a minute at 11 a.m. to allow your staff and customers to say "Thank you."
These are small efforts to honour these men and women and the principles they stood for and continue to stand for today.
To all those Saskatchewan veterans, current members of the Forces and their families, let me say "Thank you." We remember.
Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce