I believe innocence is the first victim of war.
When soldiers crossed the Atlantic, they carried innocence with them. It did not make the return voyage. More than 68,000 Canadians died from wounds suffered in combat or from disease. Their lives were cut short, often in the flower of their youth.
Jean Brillant was one of two French-Canadian combatants in the First World War to be awarded the highest medal for valour. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for showing “absolute fearlessness” – for an act of gallantry that cost him his life.
– Viveka Melki