Military facts for 2019 Remembrance Day
Royal Military College of Canada opened its doors June 01, 1876.
The Royal Canadian Dragoons was formed December 21, 1883.
First Canadian Military Postal Service was created in 1885 Northwest Field Force
Boy Seaman joined in 1910 when they were between 15 and 17 years old, and were paid 30 cents per day
Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Rerserve was authorized early 1914
In 1916 Canadian Artillery Units began using sound ranging techniques calibrated in meters.
Imperial War Graves Commission formation 1917 now known as The Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
April 28, 1919 Canada becomes a founding member of The League of Nations which comes into effect in January 1920.
January 1924 The Canadian Red Ensign becomes the official flag to fly over government buildings in Canada.
The Memorial Chamber in Ottawa opened on November 11th 1928.
First Special Service Force was formed in 1942 and became known as The Devil’s Brigade. There were a number of men from the Peterborough area that served with this unit
Canadian Women’s Army Corp is granted full army status March 01, 1942.
Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service (Wrens) effective May 1942
North American Treaty Organization started April 1949
Canadian Forces Decoration Order in Council Dec 15, 1949
July 1953, The Korean Armistrice Agreement is signed at Panmunjom
November 11, 1994 Unveiling of the Merchant Navy Book Of Remembrance in The Memorial Chamber of The Peace Tower on Parliament Hill. Note there are 8 women named in the book
Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa was established in 1873, in 2001 a section was established as National Military Cemetery and RCMP Memorial Cemetery in 2004. Note in 2002 it was designated as A National Historic Site Of Canada.
First poppies made of silk and worn on Armistice anniversary, poppy campaign started in 1921 . The original design featured a black centre. In 1980 the centre was changed to green, but in 2002, it was changed back to black.