NWORA Remembrance Vol.4 - NE99


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Forget-me-not Remembrance Vol.4 1 A Message from the Chairman O n 13 Oct 1812 in the first major battle of the War of 1812, MGen Sir Isaac Brock fell leading his troops fighting off an American invasion at Queenston Heights. On 29 Oct 2011, MCpl Byron Gref, of 3 PPCLI Recce Ptn, on his second tour in Afghanistan was killed in a Taliban suicide bombing, the first fatal casualty since the CAF moved from a combat role to a training role in Operation Attention, the 158th and final fatal casualty of the Canadian mission since its onset in 2002. In the 200 years that passed between the deaths of these two gallant defenders of Canada, more than 117,000 men and women died for the same cause in combat and peacekeeping missions around the world. They died loyal to a noble cause, the preservation of civil liberties, freedom, justice and the rule of law. Today all Canadians and many others round the world are heirs to those benefits paid for at such high cost in blood. The remembrance of such sacrifices has always been an essential part of the awarding of battle honours, the building of cairns and cenotaphs and the writing of unit histories, whose collective aim has never been the glorification of war. The National Wall of Remembrance will take its just place among other Canadian memorials with in-depth historical data on the units that served and the men and women who died. What might start as a quick search for a relative who fell, might end as a journey of revelation through the relative's time and space. It is by the dedication of our Board of Directors, Advisory Board, Remembrance Magazine Editor and contributors and of our loyal advertisers and sponsors that we shall press and achieve our quest. This year our endeavours were crowned with the success of our monument design competition when we publically rewarded three hard-working students with cash prizes for their creations intended for the physical outdoor component of our memorial. We thus took another step towards achieving our dream. Our timelines are on track as our war-chest builds. Our historical research proceeds in the capable hands of our eminently- qualified team of dedicated sleuths. We anticipate the launch of a preliminary web version in the spring. As military historian LGen (ret) Jonathon Riley CB, DSO, once put it: "Time does not diminish their sacrifice." Our memorial will ensure that we do not forget and the passing years will only raise greater appreciation of Canada's blood sacrifice Sincerely, Allan Jones Chairman, NWORA

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