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On August 5th 1914 Canada was called to aid our mother country Britainin order to defeat the Central Powers Thousands of Canadiansimmediately enlisted as soldiers nurses and pilots to fight for thefreedom of this great country and thousands of others would soon jointhem They did this knowing they may never return home to their lovingfamilies Life in the war was a horrific nightmare to say the leastBombs and gunfire constantly sounded off it was muddy cold anddisgusting yet these brave men and women fought on giving all theyhad Soldiers frequently witnessed their friends being shot to deathhoping they were not the next in line Battlefields became littered withhopeless dead and broken bodies and many families were shattered whenthey learned the fate of their loved ones Armistice was declared onNovember 11th 1918 ending the Great War Canada returned home without66 573 soldiers and a further 138 166 came home wounded This is just one of several wars Canada has contributed to and in eachwar countless soldiers have paid the ultimate sacrifice for my freedomI could not imagine what my life would be like if these brave men andwomen had not put their lives on the line Would I have this freedomthat I so often take for granted or would I be living a life surroundedby constant war Furthermore I can not imagine what it was like formothers fathers sons daughters etc to learn that their loved one hadmade the ultimate sacrifice of their life To be honest I am not sure Iwould be willing to put my life on the lineThe least we can do to show our respects to the millions of soldiers whohave served to protect our lives in the name of this country is to stopand remember what their sacrifice means It is our duty that we take apause from our hectic lives to stop and remember what they did for us inWWI WWII the Boer war the Korean War and more
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