At the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918 – in a small clearing near Compiègne the Allies and Germany met. The Armistice was signed signalling the end of World War 1.
Today, over a hundred years later, as the clock strikes 1100 this Armistice Day – let us all remember.
Remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom we know today, and all those who continue to serve.
Lest We Forget.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
It is hard to imagine the emotions of everyone 75 years ago as freedom was declared across Europe.
In our lifetime the wars that have taken place have been a long way away and times have never been like they were for all those who lived through the Second World War.
For those who remember; today will no doubt be just as emotional as it was then.
While commemorations won’t be as planned that doesn’t mean we won’t remember.
“To those who gave so much, we thank you.”
International Workers Memorial Day, April 28th, is a date that is always marked in Hundred Acres diary. A day to remember all those who have lost their lives at work.
Established by trade unions and supported by health and safety practitioners, we remember those who were killed through work and renew our energies to do all we can to ensure those tragedies are not repeated.
This year it feels so much more poignant. In the midst of a pandemic where the world is at risk, it is no surprise that the theme is Coronavirus.
Losing a loved one is hard. Losing someone to an accident at work is hard. As a safety professional working and supporting colleagues when someone has lost their life, is hard.
At the moment, the number of deaths every day from Covid-19 is beyond hard – it’s unbearable.
While we are not able to gather for memorials like we have done in other years, nothing will stop us remembering all of those we have lost.
We hope you will join us…
The ILO estimates that 2.3 million women and men lose their lives each year. That means that since Bridget was walking and stumbled upon the Worker’s Memorial in Simcoe Park in Toronto around 26.5 million lives have been lost. The memorial was a Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB) millennium project to honour lives lost. Bridget just happened upon it while walking on her first visit to Toronto many years ago.
At least one more life will have been lost as you read that paragraph.
This International Workers Memorial Day, we remember the dead and fight for the living just as we did last year and we will next year too.
This year though we urge everyone to join us today and every day to help make a difference. There is so much going on in the world around us and not only are lives being lost but damage is being done to the world around us that will never be repaired but hopefully can be halted.
Whether it’s working to ensure everyone gets home safe or it’s...
This year as we mark Armistice Day and remember; we would like to join the Royal British Legion as they lead the country in saying thank you. Thank you to all who have served, sacrificed and changed our world.
This year 2018 marks 100 years since the Armistice was signed between the Allies and Germany at a clearing near Compiègne ending World War 1.
A few years ago Hundred Acre’s Founder and Director, Bridget Gilmour visited some of the areas of France that will forever be remembered in the history of World War 1. We would like to reflect on Thiepval, a memorial that commemorates more the 72,000 men with no known grave.
Also Vimy Memorial, commemorating over 11,000 Canadian men killed during World War 1, who also have no known grave.
There are many stories and places to reflect and remember the Great War. The war that many thought would end all wars. There have been many and continue to be more wars in the 100 years that have passed since 1918. This year we would...
This year, the Royal British Legion has asked us all to consider the sacrifices made by the armed forces community, both past and present. We will always honour the fallen who helped create the world as it is today, and as we mentioned last year, we also recognise Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday in support of the new generation of veterans and service personnel who help to keep our country safe today.
This year, the 10th, 11th and 12th November are all key dates for us to reflect upon. Friday 10thmarked 100 years since the end of the Battle of Passchendaele, Saturday 11th was Armistice Day, which marked 99 years since the formal agreement between the allies and Germany, and today, Sunday 12th November 2017, is Remembrance Sunday.
Bridget Gilmour, Hundred Acre’s founder and director, visited London yesterday and paid her respects at the Cenotaph. “I couldn’t be in London on the 11th and not pay my respects.” Explains Bridget. “This weekend has been...
Every year on 28th April, people around the word recognise International Workers’ Memorial Day. Set up by trade unions and supported by health and safety practitioners, we remember those who were killed through work and renew our energies to do all we can to ensure these tragedies are not repeated.
This year, the theme of the Memorial Day is “strong laws, strong enforcement, strong unions”. There is concern that workers aren’t being protected by health and safety laws so unions are working to ensure these laws are being enforced. In the last week there have also been concerns raised by unions about content of the ISO 45001 draft international standard that is due to be published later in the year.
At Hundred Acre, we live by the International Workers’ Memorial Day’s slogan to “remember the dead: fight for the living” on a daily basis. We strive to make sure everyone gets home in the same physical and mental state as they arrived to...