November 11, 2011 (11-11-11) marks the anniversary of the end of the First World War, and is a day for Canadians to honour and remember those who fought for their country and for those who continue to serve.
The First World War began in 1914. At the time, Canada was considered part of the British Empire, which meant it was automatically involved the moment Britain declared war.
Canada’s sacrifices and contributions to the war changed its history, earning Canada the right to sign the Peace Treaty as an independent nation.
This ‘birth of a nation’ came at a cost. More than 65,000 Canadian soldiers gave their lives, and more than 170,000 were wounded during the Great War, significant numbers considering Canada’s population was only eight million at the time.
I am a member of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program, and its ‘Operation Legacy’ – a group of committed young people who are dedicated to preserving Canada’s military heritage. We are highlighting this anniversary by making the public aware The War Amps, is re-releasing the First World War documentaries In Flanders Fields, The Blue Puttees, No Man’s Land, A Vimy Veteran Remembers and If Ye Break Faith.
Vignettes highlighting these documentaries and our newest release, The Canadian Army Newsreels, can be viewed on our ‘Youtube’ channel at ‘www.youtube.com/user/warampsofcanada’.
These productions are part of The War Amps Canadian Military Heritage Series and are available at a cost-recovery price by calling 1 800 250-3030 or visiting ‘waramps.ca’.
Erica Noonan, 20
Operation Legacy Member, Stephenville