Honouring the MacPaps
Every year, the VDLC lays a wreath at the Remembrance Day ceremony in North Vancouver organized by the Royal Canadian Legion Local 118. This year we would also like to bring to the fore another opportunity to remember those who served, albeit unofficially, and who otherwise go unrecognized for their contribution to the fight against fascism.
The International Brigades were volunteers from 73 countries who went to Spain during the Spanish Civil War to help fight against fascism. They included more than 1500 from Canada-yet their story is virtually unknown.
This November 11th, you can help honour the Canadian volunteers, collectively known as The MacKenzie - Papineau Battalion (MacPaps), by putting a single white rose on their graves. We are looking for volunteers across Canada to visit each of the 140 known grave positions.
Each grave has been georeferenced to be easily located within 10-20 metres. If you are able to join this effort, a Google map file will be sent to you for use on your device.
This is a chance to pay tribute to a group not officially recognized at Remembrance Day ceremonies or by Veterans Affairs Canada. We hope you can join us to honor these incredible individuals.
If you are interested in participating, please email [email protected]
“Canada didn’t understand at first what you were doing, but understands now, and as time goes on, you will have more friends, more honour, because you have done one of the most gallant things done in history”.
~Reverend Salem Bland Toronto Union station greeting returning International Brigades
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