International Day of Families

Video / May 15, 2017


May 15th is the International Day of Families. On this day, it is my privilege to acknowledge military families for being the strength behind the uniform.

While it is the serving member who signs on the dotted line, their family is joining them on their journey, from training to deployment, to whatever else a life in service to the nation might have in store for them.

Military families have the chance to travel across Canada and around the world. They are part of dynamic and tight-knit communities. They have access to outstanding recreational programs and cultural opportunities.

On the other hand, military families move often, and they have to cope with the frequent absences of a loved one on exercises or operations. The challenges of a military life are not always well understood by others in the community.

The Canadian Armed Forces and the Department of National Defence have worked hard over the years to improve support for military families.

The Military Family Resource Centres located on bases and wings across the country provide programs and services from fitness classes to emergency childcare. The Family Information Line has answers to the questions that come up as a result of military life.

The personal sacrifices made by military families are not always obvious to the rest of us.

So today, join me in paying tribute to the families who surround us. We are stronger because of them.

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