We Remember

by Paul Griffin, President and CEO

Remembrance Day is a time for all Canadians to reflect on the sacrifices made by the brave women and men who have served, and continue to serve in the armed forces of our country.

This special day holds heartfelt significance to Marine Atlantic as the corporation’s history is rooted in the sacrifices made for our country by our armed forces.

Whether it was the Newfoundland “Blue Puttees” that bravely fought 100 years ago during World War I, the brave Nova Scotia Highlanders regiments that were an integral part of World War II, the peacekeepers whose efforts protect civilians in war zones, or the thousands of military personnel who serve our country today, all efforts are valued and we say thank you.

At Marine Atlantic, we also recognize and honour the SS Caribou. The vessel was torpedoed by a German U-boat in October of 1942 on its route between North Sydney and Port aux Basques. 136 men, women and children perished during the sinking of the vessel. This tragedy continues to influence our employees as well as the people and communities we serve.

As this year marks the 100th anniversary of the battle of Beaumont-Hamel, this Remembrance Day holds special meaning for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.

The Newfoundland Regiment’s tragic advance at Beaumont-Hamel on July 1, 1916, became an enduring symbol of valour and sacrifice. On that day, only 68 of the 801 members of the Newfoundland Regiment positioned at Beaumont-Hamel returned for the next roll call. The events of that day have forever defined the history of our province.

On November 11, I encourage everyone to join me in observing a moment of silence and remember all those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom and democracy. To mark this Remembrance Day, all vessels in the Marine Atlantic fleet will sound their horns at 11:00 a.m., remain silent for two minutes and sound again at 11:02 a.m.

Lest we Forget.