WHY REMEMBER? "We often take for granted the verythings that most deserve our gratitude.“ -Cynthia Ozick
THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHOFOUGHT, SERVED AND VOLUNTEERED….THOSE WE HAVE LOST,THOSE WHO HELPED DEFINE OUR NATION.
THE FIRST WORLD WAR 1914-1918
By the end of the First World War in 1918, Canada-at thetime a country of less than 8 million citizens-would seemore than 650,000 men and women serve in uniform.Over 3000 women served as nurses and ambulancedrivers and over 425,000 went overseas, where theyfought in appalling conditions.The conflict took a great toll, over 60,000 Canadians andNewfoundlanders were killed and 172,000 werewounded.The sacrifices and achievements of those who gave somuch in the effort to restore peace and freedom are notforgotten.
WORLD WAR II 1939-1945
ALTHOUGH EXEMPT FROM CONSCRIPTION THROUGH TREATIES, MORETHAN 3,000 FIRST NATIONS PEOPLES ENLIST DURING WWII
CANADIAN FORCES, 1941-1945ARMY 700,000 NAVY 100,000 AIR FORCE 250,000*INCLUDES 45 000 WOMENCanadians played a crucial role in the D-Dayinvasion and the liberation of the Netherlands.Over 47,000 Canadians lost their lives.Too many for us to ever forget.
THE KOREAN WAR 1950-1953
CANADA SENT TROOPS TO KOREA AS PARTOF THE UN FORCE. BY THE TIME THE WARENDED IN 1953, 22, 791 CANADIANS HAD FOUGHT IN KOREA.
SINCE THE END OF THE SECOND WORLDWAR, CANADIANS HAVE TAKEN PART IN DOZENS OF UNITED NATIONSPEACEKEEPING MISSIONS AROUND THE GLOBE, FROM CYPRUS AND HAITI TO BOSNIA AND SOMALIA. TROOPS HAVE SEEN ACTIVE COMBAT AS WELL.
AFGHANISTAN 2001- Present
Afghanistan is not, nor has it ever been a traditional peacekeepingmission. There are no ceasefire arrangements to enforce an nonegotiated peace settlement to respect. Negotiation is not an optionwith groups such as the Taliban nor Al-Qaeda, who are not interestedin the kind of peace that the Afghan people seek.Our mission is one of nation building. Our forces are doing exactly thetype of work that needs to be done in Afghanistan. Our soldiers arethe best in the world for this kind of mission. They are well trained,well led, and have the best equipment on the ground.Canada has also developed diplomats, development workers, civilianpolice, as well as experts in human rights, good governance, the ruleof law and democracy building- all of whom come together in commonendeavour in Afghanistan .
SOME 635 CANADIAN SOLDIERS HAVE BEENWOUNDED IN ACTION WHILE IN AFGHANISTAN, WITH ANOTHER 1,412 SUFFERING NON-BATTLE INJURIES.OVERALL, 158 SOLDIERS HAVEDIED IN THE CONFLICT SO FAR.
WHY REMEMBER?More than 110,000 men and women died so thatwe may live in peace and freedom today. Taking an active role to remember these people, alongwith the Veterans who experienced the hardships of war, military conflict and peace efforts, is one way of saying "thank you."