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Commonwealth Four Corners campaign remembers fallen

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:27 PDT, Fri November 1, 2019

The underlying message is a simple one: Lest We Forget.

Ensuring the memory of the men and women who died in world wars—including more than 100,000 Canadians—are never forgotten, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) is launching To The Four Corners, a digital and interactive tour of war graves and memorials around the world.

The innovative, online adventure features stories, videos and pictures of some of the most remote sites for Canadians to explore and remember. Together they highlight the unique global task of preserving the stories of the Commonwealth men and women who gave their lives for their countries.

Across every continent except Antarctica, from jungle to desert; from isolated islands to hundreds of miles inside the Arctic Circle; the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission stretches to the four corners of the world, far beyond the former battlefields of Europe. With the help of these virtual tours, the Commission invites Canadians to experience the hard to reach places it still goes to remember the war dead. 

Alongside intriguing and heart-breaking stories from around the world, To The Four Corners features stories about Canada’s heroes commemorated across rural Canada. Heroes like Private Donald Pollock, who after returning home from the First World War with his twin brother, later died of the Spanish flu. Private Pollock is buried next to his twin brother on the family’s isolated old farmstead, near the hamlet of Neidpath in Saskatchewan, accessible only by quadbike.

“Our work to commemorate Canadians both here and abroad, demonstrates the huge commitment the CWGC has to the Commonwealth Forces. Fallen Canadian servicemen and women are scattered across the globe, from the Netherlands to Japan, from Turkey to Hong Kong and from Russia to Italy. In each case our global teams work to maintain their cemeteries and memorials for future generations to visit,” said David Loveridge, area director for Canada and the Americas.

To learn more about To The Four Corners, visit fourcorners.cwgc.org.

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