Message from the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia on the Centenary of the Conclusion of the First World War
As we mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, it provides us with the opportunity to pause and remember that terrible period in our history. It was a war in which the world order was forever changed. It was also a war where a young Canada fought with great distinction and thereby established its place amongst the nations of the world. Sadly, it was a war in which over 67,000 Canadians and Newfoundlanders made the ultimate sacrifice and 250,000 were wounded.
Such was the horror of the Great War that it was termed “the war to end all wars” and everlasting peace was the hope of the world as it gathered itself and moved into the future. Regrettably, history has taught us that it was not the end of war and Canadians have continued to valiantly serve in war and conflicts up to the present day.
On the 100th Anniversary of Armistice, let us reflect upon the nature and character of the service rendered. Time has taken its toll on the generation who served in the Great War and we can no longer turn to them to hear their accounts and receive their advice; however, we can learn from their example of duty, valour and sacrifice. Let us honour that sacrifice.
Lest We Forget.
The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, ONS, QC