I believe that grace is to honour, and give credit, by one’s presence.
Many thought of Talbot Papineau as a future prime minister. He received the Military Cross for his actions at Saint-Éloi in 1915, and then became a staff officer. In 1917, he left the security of this position to return to command a company of his regiment. Papineau was from one of Quebec’s best-known families. Yet the battlefield granted no immunity. “You know Hughie, this is suicide,” he uttered to a fellow officer moments before he was killed by a shell. He was one of 4,000 Canadian soldiers who died during the Battle of Passchendaele.
– Viveka Melki
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