Lest we forget
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