Honour the Fallen

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The words “Lest we Forget” are often heard many times in the month of November but perhaps they loose resonance over the rest of the year. Canadians that served to protect and were struck down while on duty have become recent casualties of world violence. Take a moment to visit these photos of our fallen Canadians. We shall not forget the sacrifice that they, their friends and families have made.


Honour the FallenLocal woman honours heroes

Ben Green, Staff writer

When Tammy Chamberlain hears of another military member’s death her world comes to a halt with two minutes of silence. As the wife of a submariner, she understands the commitment of military service.

Over the years she’s felt a growing desire to pay tribute, in some form, to Canadian military members who have died on duty. In December, an idea discovered on YouTube became a reality.

After watching a video of artist Kaziah Hancock dip her brush into an array of paints and slowly bring to life the image of a fallen American soldier, Chamberlain knew she needed to connect with her.

Kaziah’s Project Compassion began in 2004 when she heard on the radio the story of a fallen soldier from Utah, her home state, and was so moved she decided to paint a portrait for his family. Encouraged by friends, the artist officially launched her non-profit project that gives a free portrait to families of a fallen loved one. She now has a handful of artists working for her.

Chamberlain wrote to Kaziah and asked if Project Compassion would be willing to paint Lt(N) Chris Saunders, a submariner who died seven years ago during a fire on board HMCS Chicoutimi.

To her surprise, not only did Kaziah agree to a portrait of Lt(N) Saunders, but said Project Compassion would be willing to do one for any Canadian soldier killed in action. Their first Canadian painting was Cpl Andrew Paul Grenon from Land Force Command Canada.

“The way they see it is there’s no distinction between America and Canada – same heroes, same paintings,” says Chamberlain, who is now the official Canadian liaison for Project Compassion.

“Right now my role is more research. I’m trying to get the next of kin’s contact information [so we can offer this service],” she says.

Unfortunately, finding the contact information for spouses and next of kin is proving to be difficult.

She has found some, and sent them a package of information. If interested in a painting, they send her back a small write up on their deceased loved one and five high-quality photos.

“It gives the artist a look at their personality and they’re able to put that into the painting,” she says.

Chamberlain is also looking for companies to sponsor Project Compassion to help pay for the paints and canvas.

Anyone interested in requesting a painting, or that has contact information for next of kin who might, contact Tammy Chamberlain at 250-743-8739 or tamsbc@shaw.ca | Local Woman Honours Heroes Story.



He was getting old and paunchy
And his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion,
Telling stories of the past.

Of a war that he once fought in
And the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies;
They were heroes, every one.

And ‘tho sometimes to his neighbors
His tales became a joke,
All his buddies listened quietly
For they knew whereof he spoke.

But we’ll hear his tales no longer,
For old Mike has passed away,
And the world’s a little poorer
For a Soldier died today.

He won’t be mourned by many,
Just his children and his wife.
For he lived an ordinary,
Very quiet sort of life.

He held a job and raised a family,
Going quietly on his way;
And the world won’t note his passing,
‘Tho a Soldier died today.

When politicians leave this earth,
Their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing,
And proclaim that they were great.

Papers tell of their life stories
From the time that they were young
But the passing of a Soldier
Goes unnoticed, and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution
To the welfare of our land,
Someone who breaks his promise
And cons his fellow man?

Or the ordinary fellow
Who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his country
And offers up his life?

The politician’s stipend
And the style in which he lives,
Are often disproportionate,
To the service that he gives.

While the ordinary Soldier,
Who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal
And perhaps a pension, small.

It is not the politicians
With their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom
That our country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger,
With your enemies at hand,
Would you really want some cop-out,
With his ever waffling stand?

Or would you want a Soldier–
His home, his country, his kin,
Just a common Soldier,
Who would fight until the end?

He was just a common Soldier,
And his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us
We may need his like again.

For when countries are in conflict,
We find the Soldier’s part
Is to clean up all the troubles
That the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor
While he’s here to hear the praise,
Then at least let’s give him homage
At the ending of his days.

Perhaps just a simple headline
In the paper that might say:

- Author Unknown