Ottawa, ON - Last week, the Government of Canada announced the rededication of the National War Memorial as part of the annual Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa. Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence participated in this significant occasion.
The inscription, In Service to Canada / Au service du Canada, will be added to the Memorial to formally recognize all Canadians who served in the past, who serve today, and who will serve in the future. The Memorial will also be inscribed with the dates of the Afghanistan mission and the South African War.
"The selfless service of Canadian Armed Forces members during times of war, conflict and peace have helped define and shape our country," said Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris. "Due to courage and self-sacrifice of our Veterans, we continue to live in peace and security. Throughout our country's history, Canadian men and women in uniform have bravely fought tyranny and evil around the world, defending the values we cherish."
The National War Memorial was unveiled by King George VI on May 21, 1939, to commemorate the First World War. It was rededicated on May 29, 1982, by Governor General Edward Schreyer to also commemorate the Second World War and the Korean War.
Also known as "The Response," the National War Memorial originally commemorated the response of Canadians in the First World War. Represented by uniformed figures from all services passing through a granite arch, there was to be no suggestion of glorifying war, but rather a depiction of Canada's response to the threat against world peace and freedom.