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Marking the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI
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Tammy Kean knows it is foolish and wrong to mourn the brave men and women who have died defending our country. Rather, she is grateful that such people lived.

Speaking from Carveth Care Centre where she works as an Activity Aide, Tammy is passionate about honouring Canadian veterans.

“They’re all so humble, they don’t think they did anything special,” she says gently about the hundreds of veterans who have lived in the retirement lodge and long-term care home.

“Carveth has been home to veterans from every war,” she says thoughtfully. “We’ve had veterans from them all.”

Last year, Tammy spearheaded a fundraising campaign to place a stone marker in the Carveth Care Centre Veterans’ Memorial Garden. Carved into the marble is the war poem In Flanders Fields written during the First World War by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae.

This year, she is organizing a Remembrance Day service in conjunction with the Gananoque Legion and Ministerial Association which will feature every veteran (11) living at Carveth Care Centre. A highlight of the service is the number 100 covered in poppies, a tribute to Nov. 11, 1918, when world leaders signed the Armistice ending WWI and its four years of bloody conflict.


 

WWI, also known as the First World War or the Great War, was a global war originating in Europe that lasted from July 28, 1914 to Nov. 11, 1918. Contemporaneously described as the war to end all wars, it led to the mobilization of more than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, making it one of the largest wars in history. An estimated nine million combatants and seven million civilians died as a direct result of the war, while it is also considered a contributory factor in a number of genocides and the 1918 influenza epidemic, which caused between 50 and 100 million deaths worldwide.

Canada’s many achievements on the battlefields of Europe were capped by a three-month stretch of victories at the end of the war – Aug. 8 to Nov. 11, 1918 – that came to be known as Canada's Hundred Days.

“All you have to do is spend a minute with veterans and listen to their stories,” says Tammy. “There’s a bond between them that’s indescribable. It’s a world of conflict and struggle that younger generations haven’t experienced and hopefully never will.”

The Remembrance Day Memorial Service at Carveth Care Centre begins at 2 pm in the Multipurpose Room on Nov. 11. To learn more about living or working in our home, please call 613-382-4752.

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