We know what the face of bravery looked like. We know what commitment looked like. We know what fighting for a cause greater than oneself looked like.
We know all this through honoring those who stood for the best in Canada during World War 1. Specifically, we know about these values through the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles www.4cmra.ca. They, along with all who served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, stood for the values of bravery -- commitment, and fighting for the greater good.
Our Association, named after one of the most famous and highly decorated units in World War 1, the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles, perpetuates their memory, as part of the Governor General's Horse Guards.
And it's their example, from a hundred years ago, where we draw our inspiration, strength, and commitment to honor those Canadians who stand for these values today.
We see the Face of Bravery when one chooses to take a stand in spite of physical or emotional danger, whether soldiers during WW1 or citizens today.
A Face of Bravery Certificate will be sent to the person or group, each month, that exhibits an act of 'bravery' in our society today, as a way for the 4CMRA to say "thank you".
Letters of the Face of Bravery -- from the Front, and Today
My name is Robert A. McTaggart. A few years ago, I was in France, at Vimy Ridge, where my Great Uncle Frederick McTaggart fought for Canada and was killed. Visiting his grave, I realized I must do something to further honor his bravery and those soldiers with whom he fought to help shape Canada into the envy of so many around the world.
I love wandering through antique markets dealing with WW1 memorabilia. Well, last week, I hit it big.
I bought a WW1 army uniform and some other items from that 'War to End All Wars'. I bought the whole lot as a package thinking if there was nothing of importance in it at least I had the uniform.
And then, on my kitchen table, I unwound a disintegrating piece of cloth to discover a package of letters. I looked at those deteriorating letters, filled with so much information about the bravery of those young soldiers and wondered what the writer would think about the bravery exhibited by so many, in so many ways of intelligence and kindness and perseverance, today.
As I find these 'Faces of Bravery' in society today, I will link them to what this WW1 writer had to say about his day and time of bravery.
First, let me introduce you to the World War 1 soldier/writer, in his own words, from his first letter in the package:
My name is Sergeant Louis-Philippe Smith. Je m'apelle Sergent Louis-Philippe Smith. My father is English Canadian and my mother is canadienne française. Lucky for me, not only because they are such decent people, but because I got to grow up speaking Canada's two official languages.
Right now I am convalescing in an English military hospital. It's 1917. World War 1 is still going strong. I was seriously wounded last April during the battle of Vimy Ridge, in which all Canadian divisions participated. I am in the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles, just one group of the Canadian military that has shown the world the Face of Bravery.
There are some boys in this military hospital whose minds seem more torn apart than their bodies. My doctor doesn't want that to happen to me. He suggested I write down some of my thoughts about what has happened over here. To keep my spirits up, I have decided to focus on the good that has been accomplished in the face of all this destruction.
I have decided to write about the Face of Bravery as seen in these young Canadian soldiers who have made all the folks back home so proud to be Canadian. It does lift my spirits to focus on something as great as the bravery I witnessed.
I want to do this to encourage Canadians, now and in the future, to honor the Faces of Bravery they witness.