Westmount, Quebec – 11 November 2021: Inspired by the book “Canada’s Dream Shall Be of Them – Canadian Epitaphs of the Great War,” by Eric McGeer and Steve Douglas, the RMR Foundation has posted an epitaph each day during the annual Poppy Campaign that ran until 11 November 2021. This final epitaph brings home the global reach of the war, with a “Son of Venezuela” who, believing in the cause of the Allies, had travelled at his expense to Montreal from Caracas to join the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He served for two years with The Royal Montreal Regiment before being killed a month before the Armistice was declared, and is buried in Sancourt British Cemetery.
“A SON OF VENEZUELA WHO FOUGHT AND DIED FOR GOD’S JUSTICE ON EARTH”
Private Manuel Bermudez, 14th Battalion, October 1st 1918 (age 23)
Lest We Forget.
The above epitaphs are extracted from the book “Canada’s Dream Shall Be of Them - Canadian Epitaphs of the Great War,” by Eric McGeer and Steve Douglas, Wilfred Laurier University Press, Waterloo, Ont., 2017.