Lest we for­get

The Coast - - THIS WEEK -

Each year on Re­mem­brance Day, we pause to re­mem­ber the tre­men­dous sac­ri­fices of Canada’s men and women in uni­form. This year we’ve marked some im­por­tant mile­stones in our shared his­tory. In Au­gust we hon­oured the 75th an­niver­sary of Dieppe. In April we com­mem­o­rated the 100th an­niver­sary of Vimy. And this Novem­ber we reach the 100th an­niver­sary of Pass­chen­daele.

Dur­ing the First World War, over 650,000 Cana­di­ans and New­found­lan­ders served over­seas, while hun­dreds of thou­sands more worked on the home front to sup­port the war ef­fort. Most re­cently in places like Afghanistan, Canada’s proud his­tory of fight­ing for what is prin­ci­pled and just has con­tin­ued.

We are eter­nally grate­ful for Canada’s veter­ans who, at great per­sonal cost, de­fend our free­doms. On Re­mem­brance Day, let us re­flect on these free­doms and re­new our de­ter­mi­na­tion to never for­get the le­gacy and tre­men­dous sac­ri­fices of Canada’s Veter­ans. —Hon. Rob Moore, Con­ser­va­tive shadow min­is­ter for At­lantic Is­sues, Ot­tawa

At the time, our city’s me­dia col­lec­tively failed to note the Oc­to­ber 1, 1917 pass­ing of Hal­i­fax na­tive Philip Eric Bent, who died yelling “Come On Tigers!” while lead­ing a suc­cess­ful coun­ter­at­tack to stop a breech in the Al­lied lines. The award­ing of the Vic­to­ria Cross in Jan­uary 1918 to this brave young 26-year-old also went un-noted by the city’s me­dia, far less sur­pris­ing in the af­ter­math of Hal­i­fax’s own col­lec­tive tragedy of the Hal­i­fax Ex­plo­sion, just a month ear­lier.

In the fury of the bat­tle, Bent’s body was never found and his death is only noted on a plaque in the Tyne Cot ceme­tery in Bel­gium. But 100 years on, isn’t it time that we, the city of his birth, fi­nally hon­oured Bent in some way ? —Michael Mar­shall, Hal­i­fax

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