Tomorrow Canadians will pause again to commemorate the war time sacrifices, past and present, of members of the armed forces and civilians.
In 1931 Parliament adopted legislation to amend the Armistice Day Act, providing that the day should be known as Remembrance Day and, that is should observed on November 11th, to recall the end of World War One, in 1918. More than 8 and half million of the 65 million mobilized for that war were lost and nearly one third of them, more than 21 million were wounded. According to the latest available records, the last Canadian veteran of that war, Jack Babcock, of Spokane, Washington is now, 108 years old and he’s scheduled to be part of tomorrow’s ceremonies in Ottawa.
Meantime, it’s believed, there are still about 200 thousand Canadian survivors of World War Two. The greatest war of world history, it began with the Nazi invasion of Poland on September first 1939 and, finally ended September 2nd of 1945, with the surrender of Japan. The average age of a Second World War vet. is now about 85 years and, it’s estimated at least 100 of them may be in this area.
Among the members of the Fort St. John Branch, of the Royal Canadian Legion it’s believed that 86 year old, Bill Thompson, may be the oldest Wolrd War Two veteran. Local Remembrance Day Ceremonies tomorrow are scheduled to begin at 10:25am, with the annual parade on Veterans avenue, which is the section of 105th avenue, running past the Legion, between 100th and 102nd streets. It will be followed by the traditional ceremonies at the cenotaph in the Legion parking lot and, then the annual service at the Legion hall.
As in past years, Moose-FM Radio will present a two hour special Remembrance Day program beginning at 9am and, followed by the traditional two minutes silence at 11.