By Kaylynn Paynter
Nov. 10, 2014
Veterans, Rotarians, and members of government stood together Nov. 10 for a moment of silence at the Rotary club of Charlottetown’s annual Remembrance Day program.
Army cadets, sea cadets and members of the public came together at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown to hear remarks from Rotary president Rick Gallant, Lieutenant Governor Frank Lewis and guest speaker Lt. Col. Allan Trainor.
“Today we remember those men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Today we show our respect and appreciation to those both within and without our boarders,” said Gallant.
This Remembrance Day marks the 100th and 75th anniversaries of the First and Second World War respectively.
Lewis said the wars were won because of the dedication and commitment all of those who participated in both wars had for their country.
“They knew their duty and we know ours. Ours is to remember, to honour and keep the faith with torch held high.”
With visuals to aid him, Trainor, the commanding officer of the Prince Edward Island regiment, spoke about the role of Islanders in wars past and present.
One in 12 Canadians enlisted in the First World War, he said.
“Six hundred and fifty thousand Canadians went overseas. 66,000 died. One in 10.”
But when you think about it, and factor in those who died after returning home as a result of their injuries, the number is much higher, he said.
In P.E.I. there were 7,100 enlistments, one of the highest per capita for Canada.