Wreaths Across Canada prides itself with ensuring that a memorable Service is provided annually to pay respect to those men and women who are buried at The National Military Cemetery at Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa, Ontario. Personnel on the Board of Directors for Wreaths Across Canada have endeavoured to abide by our Mission Statement to REMEMBER those members of the Canadian Forces who lie in military cemeteries across Canada; to HONOUR and support those who have served Can…ada as members of our military forces; and to TEACH Canadian youth the value of freedom.
It is with profound regret that we must cancel the Wreaths Across Canada Service that was to have been held on Sunday, 2 December 2018. Rather than provide a condensed Service as we did last year and cause significant dissatisfaction, we have decided to cancel this Service in its entirety. Unfortunately, we have been overwhelmed with financial issues this past year, illness amongst our Board of Directors and several vacant Board positions which has necessitated this cancellation.
Separate Wreaths Across Canada Branches will hold Services on 2 December 2018. Notre Dame Cemetery, adjacent to Beechwood will hold their 4th Annual Wreaths Across Canada Service and Halifax will hold their 1st Wreaths Across Canada Service.
We appeal to you to not give up as our intention is to return and hold our regular Service in 2019.
WREATHS ACROSS CANADA is a non-profit organization dedicated to honouring and remembering all the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces for their service to preserving freedom and democracy in Canada and worldwide.
With over 225,000 deceased members of the Canadian Armed Forces buried in cemeteries coast-to-coast, WREATHS ACROSS CANADA encourages Canadians to make a personal connection with veterans, interred at burial sites, by placing balsam wreaths at their headstones. This ceremony is carried out on the first Sunday of December, at a time of year when families typically begin to gather.
WREATHS ACROSS CANADA was both inspired and modelled after Wreaths Across America , where their laying of wreaths ceremonies take place at over 300 military cemeteries in the United States of America before the Christmas holidays. In this way, WREATHS ACROSS CANADA encourages all communities to take similar steps to personally recognize and reflect upon the sacrifices and contributions of Canada’s greatest heroes.
Indisputably, we must never forget the words of a great soldier:
“…To you from failing hands we throw
The torch, be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.”
From “Flanders Fields” by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae
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Canadian Armed Forces
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