29 September 2011
Ottawa –The Royal Canadian Legion would like to see the same inscription on the National War Memorial as the one on the Seventh Book of Remembrance. This would be instead of individual conflicts etched there as suggested by some people.
“We think that an inscription that covers the sacrifices made in all wars or missions would be acceptable to most people instead of etching in the individual wars or missions,” said Patricia Varga, the Dominion President of The Royal Canadian Legion. “It would also pay homage to those that gave their lives in the past for Canada or those who may give their lives in the future,” she adds.
Her comments on the etching on the National War Memorial were prompted by those who wish to have Afghanistan inscribed there.
“I know that World War I, World War II and Korea are inscribed on the National War Memorial right now,” she says “but how do we remember all those who have sacrificed in the service of our country since Korea?” she asks. “The National War Memorial is not time sensitive and should recognize all of the sacrifices that Canadian men and women have made on behalf of the country. That is why we are in favour of the Seventh Book of Remembrance inscription,” she says.
The Seventh Book of Remembrance notes that it is dedicated to all those who have died “In the Service of Canada”.
For further information please contact Bruce Poulin at Dominion Command, The Royal Canadian Legion, at (613) 591-3335 ext. 241 or by cell at (613) 292-8760.
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