Remembrance Day

November 6, 2019 No Comments

On November 11th we remember the sacrifice of Canadian soldiers who served to preserve the freedoms we enjoy today.  We also remember the contribution of all Canadians who provided essential services throughout times of conflict, especially WW1 and WW2.  These include the contributions of the men and women working in our factories, of our farmers who provided critical food supplies, and of all the individuals in our many public institutions.

2020 will mark the 75th anniversary of the end of WW2 in Europe (8 May 1945) and in the Pacific (2 September 1945). This picture of the staff and students of Carleton Place High School for the 1944-45 school year, is a telling image during that conflict. As the photo shows, almost every male at CPHS was involved in the cadet training program which was mostly conducted in high schools during these years.  It is estimated that nearly 230,000 army cadets were graduated and served in His Majesty’s forces during the Second World War. Fortunately for the boys shown in this photo, the war ended before they became of age. However, it is likely that many of these cadets did go on to enroll in the Canadian Armed Forces. This picture reminds us that we cannot take our freedom for granted and that we should never forget the desperate times that marked WW2. This photo also reminds us of the contribution and sacrifice made by Canadians to end the tyranny and genocide at the core of this conflict. This November 11th let us all take the time to remember all those who have served.

Lest We Forget.

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