As Honorary Colonel of the RCAF, it is with great pride that I, along with all Canadians, mark this day to honour our military families.

These individuals are robust, determined and proud and often far removed from the support of their extended families. They face many issues which come from constant resettling, the difficulty of single parenting, and the emotional worry which comes from having a loved one away for great lengths of time, often in harm’s way.

We are deeply privileged to have some of the finest people in the Canadian Forces, and around, behind and beside them are some of the most remarkable families you will find anywhere.  We, as Canadians, owe them all our duty of care.

HCol Loreena McKennitt