The guns fell silent on Nov. 11, 1918. A date that marks the signing of the Armistice ending the First World War 100 years ago. The Armistice was signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I. The Armistice took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning – the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918. And from that historical agreement, Armistice Day, (later called Remembrance Day) continues in perpetuity, lest we forget.
On November 11th, we gather together to honour and reflect on the members of the Canadian Armed Forces who fought to defend our values and freedom, and those who continue to serve our country today. Within the District of Algoma, there are a number of commemorative ceremonies taking place.
It is estimated that over 10,000 men and women have enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces from within the Algoma District. From the War of 1812, through to today’s present conflicts and peacekeeping missions around the world, local men and women are answering the call to service.
The Veterans Commemorative Monument (VCM) is a way for citizens in the Algoma region to express our commitment to never forgetting those who have served our country.
In the interview above, VCM Committee members Phil Miller, Clyde Healey and Bruce Pearce speak on the living legacy the Veterans Commemorative Monument will be for the Algoma region. The VCM committee continues to fundraise to reach the goal of 80% of the projected cost in order to begin construction.
Since the interview was first aired, Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, presented the Veterans Commemorative Monument Committee with a cheque (Nov. 2, 2018) for $25,000 to advance the funding of the VCM Project.
If you would like to purchase a granite marker to support the ongoing effort of the VCM Project, please go to http://thosewhoserved.ca/
To find a Remembrance Day ceremony in your community, go here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/remembrance-day?gclid=Cj0KCQiAoJrfBRC0ARIsANqkS_6-GcclHMQ0t2d8zD5HTVV4ok7rZXVuGepEh30rVGFFVDEI44T4_EMaAslzEALw_wcB