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National Defence and the Canadian Forces

Joint Task Force Central & Land Force Central Area

31 Canadian Brigade Group

Remembrance Day 2008

Hamilton and surrounding communities have sent their citizens into combat almost since the day settlers arrived. From the War of 1812 onwards, the spectre of fighting has always seemed to lurk in the wings. The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry has been in the forefront of protecting our citizens - and taken our first losses in action - since we took on the Fenian raiders in Ridgeway, near Port Colborne, in 1866. Rileys in various guises haven't missed many wars since then, as our 40 Battle Honours will attest.

Today, Rileys are still in harm's way, with nearly a dozen deployed to Afghanistan and one just back from Haiti. On Remembrance Day, it is a sobering sight to see so many young soldiers wearing medals for overseas deployments from Bosnia, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, the Middle East, and so many more. These soldiers are our NEW veterans, and they take their place of honour alongside the veterans of yesteryear with the same pride in service, mission and accomplishment.

In the meantime, all soldiers of the RHLI take part in Remembrance Day in honour of those who came before and paid the ultimate sacrifice in defence of Canada and Canadian values, honoured and respected world-wide.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.