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Commemoration - Battle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence

Type: Document

Many of those whose lives were claimed by the Battle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence have no known grave. Their lives, and their sacrifices, are commemorated on Commonwealth War Graves Commission memorials on both sides of the Atlantic. This website gives account of these memorials and awards.

Site: Veterans Affairs Canada

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier - Schedule of Events

Type: Document

Schedule of events from May 23 to May 28, 2000. These include a brief time table for the events that surrounded the movement of the Unknown Soldier in both France and Canada. Links are provided for more detailed information regarding the ceremonies.

Site: Veterans Affairs Canada

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier - Press Kit

Type: DocumentImage

A list prepared for media release upon the transfer of the Unknown Soldier from France to Canada. It is made up of speeches given in both countries, news releases, media advisories, and printable images.

Site: Veterans Affairs Canada

Cost of War - Battle of the Atlantic

Type: Document

The Battle of the Atlantic was a decisive struggle that was won, just in time, with massive help from Canada--from its navy, from its airmen, from its merchant marine and from its civilian population. This document presents the cost of this victory in terms of human lives lost and describes the sacrifice of RCAF Flight-Lieutenant David Hornell, who was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.

Site: Veterans Affairs Canada

Efficiency and Long Service Decorations and Medals

Type: Document

Military personnel who chose to serve in the armed forces for long periods of time are awarded these medals. There are different medals for the various branches and for different periods in history. Small photos are provided along side the information.

Site: Veterans Affairs Canada

Silver Cross Mother

Type: Document

For every casualty of war there are loved ones left behind. Each year one Canadian mother who has lost a child in armed conflict is awarded the Silver (Memorial) Cross. Here is a list of some mothers who have been given this distinction.

Site: Veterans Affairs Canada

Greyeyes

Type: Document

During his six-year term in the Canadian Army, David Georges Greyeyes served in seven European countries and assumed a variety of increasingly demanding military roles.Greyeyes served on the battlefield as a platoon commander with the Saskatoon Light Infantry (SLI) (MG) and earned the Greek Military Cross (third class) for valour for his help in supporting the Greek Mountain Brigade during the Italian Campaign.

Site: Veterans Affairs Canada

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier - Direct from Ottawa

Type: DocumentFilm and Video

"This unknown soldier was not able to live out his allotted span of life to contribute to his country. But in giving himself totally through duty, commitment, love and honour he has become part of us forever. As we are part of him." So spoke The Honourable Adrienne Clarkson as the journey that began for one young soldier decades ago during World War One finally ended as he was returned to Canadian soil, a representative of all those who rest forever in unmarked graves.

Site: Veterans Affairs Canada

Two Brave "Van Doos"

Type: Document

In February 1918, 20-year-old Private William Cleary, volunteered to join a raiding party headed for an enemy trench near Lens, France. After the raid, Cleary decided to return to the enemy position and, with help from three others, brought back two missing wounded men, who had previously been left behind. On August 15, 1917, the opening day of the Battle of Hill 70 in France, Private Joseph Roussin merited his medal for carrying out a successful solo attack against eight enemy soldiers.

Site: Veterans Affairs Canada

How do we Remember - Remembrance Day

Type: Document

One day every year, we pay special homage to those who died in service to their country. We remember brave men and women for their courage and for their devotion to ideals. We wear poppies, attend ceremonies, and visit memorials. For one brief moment of our life, we remember why we must work for peace every day of the year.

Site: Veterans Affairs Canada