A West Canadian Soldier
From the time of the British acquisition of Canada, military service to the Crown has been a constant sign of our patriotic devotion. Early militias were formed in times of conflict, serving along side the British Army. With the formation of the first professional army in 1850, the foundation for our West Canadian Army was formed.
With the Confederation of Canada in 1867, the strength and versatility of the Canadian military increased dramatically. By 1869, the Canadian Militia consisted of 37,170 men under arms and 618,896 in reserve. In the years and conflicts to come, many Canadians would be called to service not just domestically, but throughout the Empire. Over 7,000 soldiers would serve in South Africa for the Boer War in 1899, thus proving to the Mother Country the capabilities of the Canadian Army.
In 1914, as war loomed over Europe, Canada answered the call to service by forming the Canadian Expeditionary Force, which consisted of over 615,000 soldiers, all in service to the Empire. In 1939, Canada would again be called upon to help defend Britian. 1.1 Million servicemen and women would enlist in the course of the War, serving on every front and theater. Most famously, the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division would land on Juno Beach on D-Day, thus contributing to the liberation of Europe. Canada would also play an active part in the Korean War and various United Nation Peacekeeping missions.
Following the establishment of the Dominion of West Canada, the West Canadian Army has inheritied and maintained this legacy; a legacy of service. Although reduced in size, the WCA remains commited to the "...unified purpose of defending the interests and borders of West Canada."