Our coverage of the 1st and 2nd World Wars tends to focus on the UK’s war dead and wounded, although if you visit the battlefields and in particular the cemeteries, it becomes very apparent that soldiers from many Commonwealth nations also fell there.
Wounded Warriors Canada – much like our Help for Heroes – finished a week long ride yesterday evening through France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Along the route the team observed historic Canadian battlefields and memorials that played a significant role in not only liberating Europe but in defining Canada as a nation. Stops included Passchendaele, Flanders and the Menin Gate and concluded Friday evening with a ceremony at the Groesbeek Canadian War cemetery as the world marks the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands.
The ride raised C$500,000 for ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, veterans and their families, showing again the power of cycling as a fund raising mechanism.
Scott Maxwell, Executive Director of Wounded Warriors Canada, commented, “The care, compassion and generosity of this team has been nothing short of amazing. For the last seven days we have been honouring the service and sacrifice of the fallen, culminating today at Groesbeek Cemetery. For the last seven months our participants have committed themselves to helping the living by raising an incredible $500,000 in support of the life changing programs we fund across Canada. We leave Europe united as one Team Canada and, on behalf of Wounded Warriors Canada, we are entirely grateful for their commitment to our Veterans and their families.”
Wounded Warriors Canada is a not-for-profit organisation that supports Canadian Armed Forces members (regular force, reservists, or retired) who have been wounded or injured in their service to Canada. Through a wide range or programs and services, they help find solutions where gaps have left our veterans in need. Currently, their primary focus is on mental health and, particularly, the staggering impact of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
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