November 11, 2021
Their Excellencies the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, and Mr. Whit Fraser, attended this year’s National Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa.
As Commander-in-Chief of Canada, Governor General Mary Simon plays a major role in recognizing the importance of Canada’s military at home and abroad.
Their Excellencies were joined by this year’s National Silver Cross Mother, Mrs. Josée Simard, of Les Méchins, Quebec. Mrs. Simard’s daughter, Corporal Karine Blais, died in Afghanistan, in April 2009, when the vehicle she was travelling in struck a roadside bomb. Mrs. Simard placed a wreath on behalf of all Canadian mothers who have lost a child in the military service of Canada.
About the National Silver Cross Mother:
The National Silver Cross Mother is chosen annually from nominations submitted to The Royal Canadian Legion, and represents all Canadian mothers who have lost a child in the military service of Canada.