Canadian nurses who provided care during world war one were honoured with a plaque at the Saskatchewan Legislature Wednesday.
Professional nurses joined the Canadian Medical Corps in 1904 as “Nursing Sisters.”
Jim Miller is a member of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, says nurses were extremely brave during their service.
“Conditions were absolutely horrible; it was cold, it was wet, there was a great deal of mud and everything else,” Miller says. “It was, in addition to the danger, just an extremely unpleasant place to be. The nurses bore it all with great courage and cheerfulness surprisingly, and did a great job.”
Miller says it’s a great pleasure of his to take part in commemorating the hard work of Canadian nurses.
“As a member of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, and as a historian, it’s a great honour to be able to participate in a ceremony such as this and in particular, to recognize the service of nursing services and professional nurses for over the last century and a bit more.”
The plaque was unveiled during a ceremony that also commemorated the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge.