A weekly feature for Lumby, Cherryville, and area seniors. For more information about any of the following please contact Colleen or Jenny at (250) 547-8866 Whitevalley Community Resource Centre Office (250) 547-8866, Saddle Mountain Drop In (778) 930-0509. Funding support provided by Interior Health, the Province of British Columbia (Community Gaming), United Way Southern Interior and United Way Lower Mainland.
On the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, World War I ended. That morning, Germany deprived of manpower and supplies were also faced with imminent invasion. The Germans signed an armistice agreement with the Allies in a railroad car outside of Compiegne, France. The First World War left approximately nine million soldiers dead, 21 million wounded and another five million civilians perished from starvation and disease.
World War II then proved to be the deadliest battle in history in terms of total casualties. It is estimated that over 60 million people were lost. This was about 3% of the entire world population in 1940. These are staggering prices to pay for freedom.
This month will commemorate 102 years since the end of World War 1. As seniors in this day and age, it is so important that we ensure the youth of today have a fundamental understanding of veterans, of our forefathers that made the ultimate sacrifices. Not only should we pause to remember but also share in the responsibility of passing on the history of sacrifices and courageous actions of those who served, as well as those who are still serving. Taking an active role in making sure that veterans are remembered and honoured is a heartfelt way to say “THANK YOU”.