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November 11th is a day where Canadians come together to remember the veterans of the past and present and the sacrifices they made for our freedom.

A recent Historica Canada survey revealed 29 percent of people planned to attend a ceremony this Saturday, up three percent from last year. Also, of the people surveyed, 37 percent of people aged 18 to 34 plan to pay their respects in person.

"I think that's great," said Former Canadian Armed Forces Member CJ Thiessen.

Thiessen, who is originally from Morden, was a Combat Engineer with the Canadian Forces from 2008 to 2013.

cjthiessen remembranceday 2017Thiessen (middle) during his tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2010-11 (Photo courtesy of Thiessen's Facebook page)

He remembers attending memorial services when he was younger and his difficulty comprehending the sacrifices made by past veterans. Thiessen said with Canada being in a war for over 10 years, and many losing their lives or returning home injured, it's great to see his generation taking the time to show their gratitude to past and present veterans.

"It goes a long way in the veteran community to see people take the time to try and understand what was given and to make sure veterans know they're appreciated," said Thiessen.

He explained many who return from conflict can be both mentally and physically injured, adding it's important to show veterans their sacrifices have not been forgotten.

Remembrance Day services will be held across the country Saturday morning.

cjthiessen secondfromleft remembranceday afghanistanThiessen (second on the left) during his tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2010-11 (Photo courtesy of Thiessen's Facebook page)

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