It’s Labour Day in Canada and the US … a day to celebrate workers. Like other groups in society, many companies saw fit to memorialize their employees who had served in the war.
Toronto’s Union Station, at 65 Front St W between Bay and York, is the busiest passenger transportation facility in Canada. How many of the 200,000-300,000 daily travellers passing through stop to take in the memorial to Canadian Pacific Railway workers killed in WW1?
This tablet commemorates those in the service of the Canadian Pacific Railway Company, who, at the call of King and country, left all that was dear to them, endured hardships, faced danger and finally passed out of sight of men by the path of duty and self-sacrifice, giving up their lives that others might live in freedom. Let those who come after see to it that their names be not forgotten.
The bronze tablet can be found in the Great Hall, to the left of the ramp leading to the Via Rail concourse hall. It is one of over 20 tablets placed in CPR stations in Canada and elsewhere. The CPR tablet in Quebec City was featured earlier on Great War 100 Reads.
On 11 November each year, CP trains halt at 11am, observe a minute of silence and then sound a long train whistle in tribute.