Durham Regional Police Officers, Auxiliary members and civilian staff were proud to participate in Remembrance Day ceremonies across the Region today to commemorate those who have served Canada in conflicts around the world.
We will be attending and laying wreaths at ceremonies from Beaverton to Oshawa and from Pickering to Bowmanville.
According to Veterans Affairs Canada, here are the total number of casualties for our country:
South Africa War (1899-1902)
Approximately 7,000 Canadians served; almost 300 of them gave their lives.
First World War (1914-1918)
Approximately 650,000 Canadians served, including members of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, Canadians and Newfoundlanders, who served with British forces (Newfoundland was a colony of Great Britain until 1949) and merchant mariners. Of this number, more than 68,000 gave their lives.
Second World War (1939-1945)
More than one million Canadians and Newfoundlanders served in Canada's Armed Forces, in Allied forces or in the merchant navy; over 47,000 of them gave their lives.
Korean War (1950-1953)
26,791 Canadians served in the Canadian Army Special Force; 516 of them gave their lives.
In the Service of Canada (as of March 2015)
More than 1,800 Canadians are commemorated in the Seventh Book of Remembrance, In the Service of Canada. They gave their lives in service to their country, including peacekeeping and other foreign military operations, domestic operations and training, since October 1947.
Canadian Soldiers in Holland, 1945 (JPG file, 214.4K bytes)
Laying a DRPS Wreath in Beaverton (JPG file, 317.4K bytes)