Canada - World War I - Vernon, British Columbia
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N 50° 15.937 W 119° 16.502
11U E 337862 N 5570639
Quick Description: This remarkable mural about Canada's role in WWI is located on the side of Staples at the corner of 33rd Street and 32nd Avenue. View mural from 33rd Street.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 10/11/2014 5:27:50 AM
Waymark Code: WMMMR7
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
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Long Description:
This mural is one of many that can be seen in Vernon. The Canada - World War I shows scenes from one of the major battlefields.

There is a partial passage from the poem, "For the Fallen" by Laurence Binyon. It was first published in The Times in September 1914.

From the poem "Ode of Remembrance" is widely used on Remembrance Day.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam

Canada - World War I

The Battles of the Somme and Beaumont-Hamel

The Battle of the Somme began early on the morning of July 1, 1916, near the towns of Beaumont and Hamel. Thousands of soldiers from Britain and Newfoundland climbed out of their trenches to walk through a hail of machine gun fire, toward the German line. In less than half an hour, the fighting was over.

The Battle of Vimy Ridge

The Canadians moved to the front lines across from Vimy Ridge in late autumn 1916. The Battle of Vimy Ridge would be the first time all four divisions of the Canadian Corps worked together as one formation. The planning and preparations for the battle were extensive. The Canadian victory at Vimy Ridge is thought to have been a key turning point in shaping Canada as a nation.

The Battle of Passchendaele

From July until early October 1917, British and Australian soldiers attempted to capture the German occupied Belgian coast. By early October, however, only minimal advances had been made and the Allied troops were near exhaustion. The commander of the British forces, Sir Douglas Haig, ordered the Canadian Corps to Belgium to relieve them and prepare for the capture of Passchendaele.

The Nursing Sisters of Canada

When Britain declared war on the German Empire, Canada was automatically compelled to fight alongside Britain in the Great War of 1914-18. At the beginning of the war there were five Permanent Force nurses and 57 listed in reserve. By 1917, the Canadian Army Nursing Service included 2,030 nurses (1,886 overseas) with 203 on reserve. In total, 3,141 Canadian nurses volunteered their services. Because of their blue dresses and white veils they were nicknamed the "bluebirds," and for their courage and compassion they received the admiration of many soldiers.

Approximately 70 Canadians were awarded the Victoria Cross for “most conspicuous bravery in the presence of the enemy” during the First World War.

More than 650,000 men and women from Canada and Newfoundland served during the First World War. More than 66,000 gave their lives and over 172,000 were wounded.

The fighting ended on November 11, 1918, with the signing of the Armistice. The war officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919.

From the Veterans Affairs Canada


City: Vernon

Location Name: Staples

Artist: Michelle Laughery

Date: 2001

Media: Painted on stucco

Relevant Web Site: Not listed

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