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We Will Not Forget

posted by: The Royal Hotel Chilliwack on: November 07, 2018 11:26:32 AM

Chilliwack Progress, Nov. 14, 1918
November 2018 marks the 100 year anniversary of the end of the Great War. The First World War lasted four long years and was hailed as being the “war to end all wars”. Unfortunately that would turn out not to be.

The truth is it was a very costly war; an estimated 61,000 Canadians lost their lives overseas. The expense required for the war effort also weighed heavily and affected Canada’s economic health. After all the war was not expected to last as long as it did.

The Canadian Government was forced to come up with creative solutions to fund the war-time effort and “Victory Bonds” were born as a way for Canadians to “lend” money to the government through the purchase of these bonds. Attractive interest rates and terms ensured the program’s success. The first “Victory Bond” drive generated $100 million dollars.

Another measure created to fund the war effort was the implementation in 1917 of taxation on personal income; this was meant to be a “temporary” initiative and did not really help as the war ended before noticeable results could be realized.

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918 - the Armistice agreement was signed and the fighting ceased. The war had ended and the world was at peace again. For a while, anyways.

We will not forget those brave Canadians who gave their lives for the freedom we enjoy today.

Chilliwack Progress, Nov. 28, 1918

Interesting Facts about World War I
  1. More than 65 million men fought in the war.
  2. Dogs were used in the trenches to carry messages. A well-trained messenger dog was considered a very fast and reliable way to carry messages.
  3. It was the first major war where airplanes and tanks were used.
  4. When the British first invented tanks they called them "landships."
  5. Famed scientist Marie Curie helped to equip vans with x-ray machines that enabled French doctors to see bullets in wounded men. These vans were called "petites Curies", meaning "little Curies."

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