Mr. Speaker, veterans week is a time of national celebration and commemoration of those who served and continue to serve in our military services.
Many who will attend next Tuesday's Remembrance Day services will be the widows, the children and grandchildren of veterans who never came home from the battlefield.
As we pay tribute to those who sacrificed so much on the front lines, we must also remember that war does not affect only those who fought but also those who were left behind. On the home front it was often the women who took up the slack, who worked on the farms and in the factories, raised families and kept the home fires burning. It was the children who never saw their fathers and grandfathers who also paid dearly for the sacrifice.
So we learn the lesson that no one can escape the tragic consequences of war. The sacrifices of those who went before either on the front lines or back at home must never be forgotten. May those who have gone before us rest in peace. Lest we forget.