On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, we pause in memory of the thousands of men and women who sacrificed their lives in military service. It marks the armistice to end the First World War, which came into effect at
Two minutes before the armistice went into effect, at 10:58 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918, Pte. George Lawrence Price was killed by a bullet. Price would become the final Commonwealth soldier and the last of more than 66,000 Canadians; to be killed in the First World War.
|Pte. George Lawrence Price|
|TROOPER KARINE BLAIS, killed in action, Afghanistan, Aug 13, 2009|
|Lt. - Col. John McCrae|
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
"Soldiers, what I have to offer you is fatigue, danger, struggle and death; the chill of the cold night in the free air, and heat under the burning sun; no lodgings, no munitions, no provisions, but forced marches, dangerous watchposts and the continual struggle with the bayonet against batteries - those who love their country and their freedoms may follow me " - Garibaldi to his Soldiers