The World RemembersPublished on 26 September 2017 Hansard and Statements by Senator Joseph Day
Hon. Joseph A. Day (Leader of the Senate Liberals):
Honourable senators, today I’d like to bring another matter to your attention. One hundred years ago today, many Canadian soldiers were embroiled in fierce fighting during the First World War.
As part of our obligation to remember the sacrifices made, I would like to bring to your attention an event entitled “The World Remembers.” Every year since its inception in 2014, The World Remembers has projected on public spaces the name of individual soldiers killed during the bloody years of World War I. For the past three years, the display has made an appearance in more than 65 locations in Canada and other countries throughout the world. So far the names of approximately 1.4 million soldiers who died in those first three years of the First World War have been projected.
This year, The World Remembers will be displaying the names of those who died 100 years ago in 1917, including the names of more than 21,000 Canadian soldiers, many of whom lost their lives at Vimy or Passchendaele. In addition, the names of 660,000 soldiers from the United Kingdom and other countries of the world who died will be projected.
The display will be projected just down the street on what is soon to be the new Senate chamber, the old railway station and conference centre, on the west wall. Facing the war memorial there is a large screen, and every evening from 8:30 until sunrise the next day, for the next seven weeks, we will be projecting the names of those individuals who died 100 years ago. They are not just Canadians, but Canadians will be singled out.
I hope you will have an opportunity to take a look at that.
This evening, we’ll have a reception starting at 5:30 in room 160-S. Mr. Thompson, of television fame, will be there to explain the program in more detail.