Over a hundred Canadians working in Geneva gathered at the Permanent Mission of Canada on the morning of November 11th to commemorate the 95 years that have passed since the end of the First World War and to honour the sacrifice of the military, police and civilian personnel who have served and lost their lives in conflicts over the last century.
This was a unique opportunity for Canadians living and working among representatives from all nations to come together and reflect on Canada's role and contribution to peace and security.
Following a solemn service, which included a moving address by Ambassador Elissa Golberg and a recital of the famous poem In Flanders' Fields by children of employees of the mission, attendees were able to share their experiences and their thoughts around warm drinks and Canadian war cake. The war cake, also known as ration cake, was created during the First World War and is made without food ingredients such as eggs, butter and milk that were not readily available because of wartime rationing.
Ambassador Jonathan Fried laid a wreath on behalf of the Government of Canada, in memory of Canadians who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Canadian Defence Attaché in Berlin Colonel Tom Endicott laid a wreath on behalf of the Canadian Armed Forces, Jennifer Irish laid a wreath on behalf of Canadian Police abroad, and children of employees laid a wreath on behalf of the families of the Permanent Mission of Canada in Geneva.
The Mission of Canada is the primary channel for diplomatic representation and communications between the Canadian government, the United Nations and its associated bodies in Geneva, the World Trade Organization and more. It also provides support to the thousands of Canadians living and working in Geneva.