We Will Remember Them
By Jillian Driessen
|Remembering her son, Cpl Christopher Stannix, Kate Stannix points to one of his photos. Cpl Stannix was killed in action April 8, 2007 and was the 47th Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan.|
A special Remembrance Day documentary: We Will Remember Them, will air on CBC’s Doc Zone at 8 pm on November 11th and run commercial free for two hours. It will feature an honor roll of the 152 Canadian Soldiers who lost their lives in the war in Afghanistan since 2002. During the two hour documentary, 33 of these 152 soldiers will be featured in-depth.
In union with the television broadcast, a website also entitled We Will Remember Them, will be launched. The site features profiles of all 152 Fallen Soldiers. The intention of the website is to offer a place for Canadians to view more stories than the two hours allotted for the special.
Kate Viner, one of the website project producers, says, “While two hours of television time sounds like a lot of time, it’s not nearly enough to tell everyone’s story. Not even close. We wanted to build a website that would allow all the families of the fallen to participate if they so choose.”
The website features photos submitted by families with explanations as to why it’s their favorite photograph and offers each family a place to tell the stories of their loved ones to other Canadians.
“Many Canadians read about these brave men and women through newspaper articles and know them only as soldiers,” says Viner. “Of course they were soldiers, but they were also brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, husbands, wives, and friends. That’s what we hope to share with Canadians.”
The response to these emotional projects has been overwhelming. Kate Viner described herself as “forever humbled” by this project. The We Will Remember Them website has been launched.
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