There have been a number of posts lately especially about the suicide of returned soldiers..... It must of course be remembered that there was no such thing as PTSD in any of the early British wars i.e. WW1 and pre WW1, and was only just started to be understood in WW2..... This year the Royal Canadian Legion has chosen for the first time to be the National Silver Cross Mother, the Mother of a Soldier who took his own life..... If a soldier dies on the battle field or ten years later he is still a casualty and will and should always be remembered...… Just leaving for the ceremonies here in the snow.....
2018 National Silver Cross Mother – Ms. Anita Cenerini
Mrs. Cenerini's son, Private Thomas Welch, was a respected member of 6 Platoon, November Company through the training and deployment as part of Op ATHENA, Roto 0 to Afghanistan in August 2003, where he served as a C9 Gunner. Less than three months after returning from Afghanistan, Thomas died by suicide in Petawawa, ON. His death on May 8, 2004, is marked as the first death by suicide of a Canadian Soldier after returning home from the Afghanistan mission.
As the National Silver Cross Mother, Mrs. Cenerini will place a wreath at the National War Memorial on 11 November 2018 on behalf of all Canadian mothers who have lost a son or a daughter in the military service of Canada. Throughout the year, she will also be called upon to perform other duties honouring the Fallen from all conflicts.
Military Historical Society
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