Members of the Royal family, Canadian Prime Ministers, Governor Generals, Ministers of Defense, Veterans Affairs and other ministries, veterans organizations and thousands of individual organizations and fellow Canadians have visited the Cross of Sacrifice.
Over recent years and no doubt probably back to the first dedication in 1927, on Armistice... and later Remembrance Day services at this historic cross would have been performed by Canadians of all stripes, and probably attended on many of these dates by American officials and the greater military family as well.
Now is the time for thoughts being given to add yet a third panel for those lost in Afghanistan whilst fighting with the Canadians and against our common foe.
Over the past several years I and the Canadian Embassy at DC have often exchanged names and created a list of Canadians resting today at Arlington. Such a list only included a few not that long ago but now are in the 2 dozen range if memory serves me right.
Each year the embassy tries to get out on special occasions to visit these sites also to pay Canada's respect for their service.
After the 2005 visit of our Ambassador to Arlington to visit the graves of about a dozen Canadian MOH recipients, the Embassy has continued that service each year as well. During some of these visits it is possible that American officials may have also joined with their Canadian allies.
I worked on this case for some 8 years. Several others also played key roles in the work that culminated with a new Medal of Honor marker being mounted with a correct spelling that fixed mistakes that lasted over 130 years. The story was told over the internet and exposed to literally millions in April of 2016.
DC Embassy officials have now adopted this grave as well and I understand plan to visit it annually also. So too has the US Coast Guard, who's headquarters are located on another part of the same property, and named in honour of yet another Canadian MOH recipient... Douglas Munro, noted earlier.
The above image shows DC members at the Noil grave on 10 November.
Over many of these years the local Naval reserve unit... Malahat has adopted this grave for the first of its 2 Remembrance Day services. Bourke descendants and Family and I attend these as well.
And finally... readers have read of the unveiling late last year of the new very attractive memorial dedicated to the 158 service members and 5 non-military that lost their lives whilst Canada did her part in the Afghanistan War.
Recently it was decided to have a brief ceremony at the monument on Remembrance Day and hopefully will carry that on in the years to come.
So a few hundred, including myself gathered to pay our respects to these veterans who lost their lives and to many others from that conflict that served, and their families at the home front, and were in the audience as well.
So folks, I hope I have answered the three questions that started these last two blogs.
See you again on Sunday,