On 20 June the British Press told the world how it is continuing to honour the foreign born WW1 Victoria Cross recipients.
In order to gain some details I used three different search phrases, and "Google News." From the first 120 hits that came up, only 9 were on topic. And from these ONLY ONE WAS A CANADIAN STORY about the subject I will bring you today.
ONLY ONE in all of Canada, that came up on the search, despite the fact that in less than 24 hrs, it is a week old.
I have been bringing you the same message in this space for over 3 years. That message is that we seem to have have forgotten the catch line... "Lest We forget!" I thought it was supposed to be a daily message... not just a preamble to yet another long weekend!
Above is Fred Hall, one of the 3 famous heroes from Winnipeg's Valour Road. Search this site to find the story of the Mayor's unveiling.
Sounded great at first but then the officials discovered the restrictive parameters would result in "a few" not being also honoured. Those few grew to at least 175.
Then came plan B, if you will!
So the most recent news is the unveiling, if you will, of the third phase, a digital collection of the foreign born VC recipients stories, complete with details of the action involved, the citation, a brief bio and 3 minute film clip.
By using the above search you will arrive at the site of the digital archive. From there you will be given some details of the program. From there you can also use a search tool to look up any one of the 175 claimed names. But when you go to the individual listing of countries, my addition tells me they have listed 186 names. Within these you will see 4 of the 5 US and two other heroes listed twice. They are listed by birth country and then again by country they served with.. in this case being Canada. Take away the doubles and and the Unknown, and you still end up with 179. Yet they claim 175. Hmmm!
Note Hutcheson's name starting the above list of American born men. He is also listed on the Canadian list at the new site. Here is his entry.
When the British Government changed its original plan and expanded it as above noted, it also commented on public demands for more. They didn't want the memorials stopped there and called for all VC recipients being included.
Regardless of what war, where born, died or buried. Statements a few years ago indicated that this too was coming so we must watch for this.
But with media coverage like that noted above, finding the news may be more difficult than need be.
Hope to be with you again next week,