CALGARY — Canadian Pacific will honor employees who served Canada and the United States in war. Network-wide, all trains will safely halt at 11AM local time, observe two minutes of respect in silence and then sound a long train whistle in tribute. A Remembrance Day and Veterans Day service will also be held at CP’s headquarters in Calgary.
“On this day, Canadian Pacific will recognize the contributions our employees made in times of war. On land, at sea and in the air, at home and abroad, the company, its people, its resources, its ingenuity and expertise were needed,” said Fred Green, Canadian Pacific’s President and CEO. “These brave men and women are a legacy and an inspiration, as are those CP employees who are today listed military reservists.”
CP has been touched by the tragic impacts of World War I and World War II. Over 33 thousand CP employees served in the last century’s two world wars. Sadly, 1,774 died in battle.
In addition to the human effort by CP employees, great transportation contributions were also made. Of the 74 ships that were requisitioned by the British Government, 27 were lost. In the air, CP pioneered the transatlantic delivery of bombers to Britain. At home, Canadian Pacific’s efforts included transporting troops, supplies and equipment in addition to making its shops available for the output of Valentine tanks, engines for frigates and landing craft, naval vessel power equipment components, naval guns, anti-submarine devices and fire-control equipment.
Today, CP continues to have Canadian and American employees listed as reservists to aid in missions abroad. These brave men and women will also be recognized at CP’s Remembrance and Veterans Day event. CP’s support of the Canadian military continues moving equipment and by being one of Canada’s most supportive employers of primary Reserve Force personnel. In the U.S, CP remains a proud partner of the army PaYS program. This program recruits soldiers interested in obtaining a quality civilian job after serving in the Army.
All those in the Calgary are invited to join CP, its employees, pensioners and members from the Calgary 41st Brigade Group, Calgary Highlanders, King’s Own Calgary Regiment and cadets from Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry at a special ceremony in front of the Steam Locomotive at Gulf Canada Square, 401 – 9th avenue SW. The ceremony begins at approximately 10:45am.