100th Anniversary of Canada’s Hundred Days and the Armistice
Canada made great contributions and sacrifices in the First World War. Our many achievements on the battlefield were capped by a three-month stretch of Canadian Corps’ victories – from August 8th to November 11th, 1918 – at the end of the war which became known as “Canada’s Hundred Days.”
The price for victory, however, came at great cost. Of the some 100,000 Canadian troops who took part in this final offensive, more than 6,800 lost their lives and nearly 40,000 were wounded. The valour, courage and enormous sacrifice of those who served will never be forgotten.
During “Canada’s Hundred Days,” 30 Canadians and Newfoundlanders also earned the Victoria Cross (VC), the highest award for military valour they could receive. This represents almost one-third of all VCs earned in Canadian history.
This year, as we mark the 100th anniversary of Canada’s Hundred Days and the Armistice, please join me in remembering and honouring the brave Canadian men and women in uniform who have valiantly fought and continue to fight for our peace, freedom and democracy.