We Will Remember...

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The peaceful society we in Canada enjoy today is only a dream to the many people in the world who live in countries torn apart by violence. This peace is possible only because it has been protected by the efforts and sacrifices of generations of Canadians over the years who have put their lives on the line.

Following the February 18, 2010, passing of John "Jack" Babcock, Canada's last known First World War Veteran, the Government of Canada unveiled plans to mark one of the most important chapters in Canadian history.

End of an Era

End of an Era” is a national commemorative ceremony honouring all of Canada's First World War service men and women.  Arras, Amiens, Passchendaele, the Somme, Vimy and Ypres, where thousands of Canadians fought and many gave their lives more than 90 years ago, was an era that transformed our identity as a country.

Minister of Veterans Affairs, The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, has announced that on April 9, Vimy Ridge Day, the Government of Canada will pay tribute to the achievements and contributions of WWI Canadians.

The main ceremony will take place in Ottawa at the National War Memorial - a symbol of the sacrifices of all Canadians who have served Canada in times of war in the cause of peace and freedom.

Between 1914 and 1918, a young Canada faced the trials and devastation of war alongside our allied countries. Thousands of Canadians and Newfoundlanders answered the call to contribute to the war effort required for the First World War.

Minister Blackburn said, "Those who served our country during the First World War have often been called our Greatest Generation. They earned that title. They deserve it."  

Remembering all that these men and women have done during times of war, military conflict and peace helps us understand the country we live in today and how we can build a better future together.

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Brian Madigan
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John,

That's a good day to remember, and thanks for your timely post.

Brian

Apr 06, 2010 12:08 AM #1
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John Grasty
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I've just read, "Real Canadian Hero", a biography of John Chipman Kerr V.C.  John received his Victoria Cross from King George V at Buckingham Palace in 1916 for his bravery at the Somme; an amazing WWI story.

He was stationed in Kamloops during WWII and moved to Port Moody in 1947, where he passed away in 1963.  The Chip Kerr Memorial Auditorium of the Port Moody Legion is named after him, as is Mount Kerr in Jasper National Park, and a local park.

Apr 06, 2010 05:32 AM #2
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Jo-Anne Smith
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hi John,

Thank you for posting about this...I wrote a blog about my Great Great Uncle Tom Smith who died in the Passchendaele battle...he was only 27.

I'm going to pass your post along to my Dad,

Jo

Apr 07, 2010 01:12 PM #3
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John Grasty
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Take this opportunity to share your personal thoughts on remembrance.

Together, we will remember the sacrifice of Canada's Veterans and their fallen comrades.

Please leave comments on the Book of Reflection provided by Veterans Affairs.

Here is another post: Spokane Remembers a Hero...

Apr 07, 2010 03:09 PM #4
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A couple of related links for further reading:

http://blog.realestateevolved.com/?p=755

http://blog.realestateevolved.com/?p=743

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