Why does the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles Association (4th CMRA) frequently refer to the number 3598?
For us, the band of brothers and sisters in the Veteran community, honoring our revered war dead is simply something we do daily. Everyone of us in the Veteran community has signed the contract and sworn the oath, if called upon during our service careers we would lay down our lives for our country, some of us have seen combat, and some gave their lives in the service of our nation.
The number 3598 represents the number of men killed in action (KIA), per official government records, during the Battle of Vimy Ridge 100 years ago, between April 9 and 12th, 1917.
My Great Uncle Frederick was one of those casualties, he fell while in the uniform of the 4th CMR on April 9th. 1917 so I guess you could say my family, like so many others, has blood in the ground at Vimy.
We show our respect for our war dead by commemorating them with our Iron Harvest Medallions, we are only forging 3958 of them for sale, the medallion is made with war metal from the battlefields of WW1.
We need to remind ourselves of the sacrifices of the First Great Generation, as they no longer have the voices to speak for themselves.
The writer served as an officer in the Governor Generals Horse Guards, the Canadian Army Unit that perpetuates the 4th CMR today, and proudly caries the 4th CMR history and battle honors today.