Saskatchewan honours WWI contributions for 100th anniversary
REGINA – A special ceremony Thursday and another one scheduled for the holiday Monday are commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World War.
The Royal Regina Rifles presented Premier Brad Wall with the Battle Colours of Saskatchewan’s 28th North-West Battalion.
The flags will remain in the rotunda until 2018 to commemorate the service of Saskatchewan people in the Great War, both soldiers and civilians.
“They continued to provide support to the military in so many different ways, through bond-raising activities, through red cross activities – from women under the dark of night, knitting socks for the soldiers, anonymous soldiers; it truly was a provincial commitment, so today’s ceremony is truly a reflection of that commitment,” said Lt.-Col.Malcolm Young, the 38 Canadian Brigade Deputy Commander.
The province will soon be adding 1200 more names to the Saskatchewan War Memorial.
Premier Brad Wall explained, “One thousand, 2 hundred names that were not on the war memorial, that were not recognized for their sacrifice because …it was hard to find them, so this has been a very important, long-standing project to make sure their names are also engraved on the memorial which will be unveiled on Monday.”