Honour the Fallen
Fallen Canadians Page – Here we honour those who have given their lives serving Canada and helping the people of Afghanistan.
The words “Lest we Forget” are often heard many times in the month of November but perhaps they loose resonance over the rest of the year. Canadians that served to protect and were struck down while on duty have become recent casualties of world violence. Take a moment to visit these photos of our fallen Canadians. We shall not forget the sacrifice that they, their friends and families have made.
Local woman honours heroes
Ben Green, Staff writer
When Tammy Chamberlain hears of another military member’s death her world comes to a halt with two minutes of silence. As the wife of a submariner, she understands the commitment of military service.
Over the years she’s felt a growing desire to pay tribute, in some form, to Canadian military members who have died on duty. In December, an idea discovered on YouTube became a reality.
After watching a video of artist Kaziah Hancock dip her brush into an array of paints and slowly bring to life the image of a fallen American soldier, Chamberlain knew she needed to connect with her.
Kaziah’s Project Compassion began in 2004 when she heard on the radio the story of a fallen soldier from Utah, her home state, and was so moved she decided to paint a portrait for his family. Encouraged by friends, the artist officially launched her non-profit project that gives a free portrait to families of a fallen loved one. She now has a handful of artists working for her.
Chamberlain wrote to Kaziah and asked if Project Compassion would be willing to paint Lt(N) Chris Saunders, a submariner who died seven years ago during a fire on board HMCS Chicoutimi.
To her surprise, not only did Kaziah agree to a portrait of Lt(N) Saunders, but said Project Compassion would be willing to do one for any Canadian soldier killed in action. Their first Canadian painting was Cpl Andrew Paul Grenon from Land Force Command Canada.
“The way they see it is there’s no distinction between America and Canada – same heroes, same paintings,” says Chamberlain, who is now the official Canadian liaison for Project Compassion.
“Right now my role is more research. I’m trying to get the next of kin’s contact information [so we can offer this service],” she says.
Unfortunately, finding the contact information for spouses and next of kin is proving to be difficult.
She has found some, and sent them a package of information. If interested in a painting, they send her back a small write up on their deceased loved one and five high-quality photos.
“It gives the artist a look at their personality and they’re able to put that into the painting,” she says.
Chamberlain is also looking for companies to sponsor Project Compassion to help pay for the paints and canvas.