OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 3, 2012) - The Canadian Army officially recognizes and highlights the contribution of the Canadian Army Reserves in the first "Army Reserve Recognition Day" that is being held today across Canada.
"Army Reserve Recognition Day provides us with an opportunity to acknowledge the important role that the men and women of the Army Reserve play for Canada and the Canadian Forces, both at home and abroad," said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence. "Today, we honour Reservists and show our gratitude for their service in international theatres of operation, such as Afghanistan and Libya, and to Canadians during times of crisis, such as natural disasters."
October 3rd is designated as the official day to celebrate the extraordinary contribution made by our Reserve soldiers. Army Reservists serve the Canadian Army with dedication, all the while remaining active in their home towns and their civilian jobs.
"Army reservists are an integral and valued part of the Canadian Forces and each of the communities in which they live," said General Walt Natynczyk, Chief of the Defence Staff. "They deserve our admiration and appreciation for their service to Canada, their commitment to professionalism and their contributions to peace and security."
Spread all across the country, approximately 23 000 Army Reservists work in more than 100 communities and are the Canadian Army's most direct link with Canadians. Army Reservists are proud to serve in the Canadian Army while also being involved in their home communities. They have made substantial contributions to Canada's expeditionary and domestic operations.
"We relied a great deal on the Army Reserves during our combat operations overseas in the past decade," said the commander of the Canadian Army, Lieutenant-General Peter Devlin. "We will continue to depend on them for myriad duties both at home and abroad."
October 3rd is a significant date in the history of the Army Reserve. It was on this date in 1914 that the 1st Canadian Division sailed from Gaspé, Quebec, en route to Europe at the start of the First World War. The Canadian contingent was a volunteer force and many of today's Army Reserve units have strong historical ties to the units of the 1st Canadian Division.
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