William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD


The UN and NATO formed a peace support plan
To assist oppressed peoples in Afghanistan.
You volunteered, leaving your family and spouse,
Causing a vacant emptiness in your former house.

Family, friends and comrades – they miss you the most,
As those assembled here listen to the Last Post.
You fell in Egypt, the Congo, and Cyprus took its attrition;
As did each and every Canadian Peacekeeping Mission.

The Families of the Fallen, they are standing right here.
Your memory sits in their hearts every day of the year.
You served in Yugoslavia, the Congo, and in the Sudan.
You saw death in Rwanda – man’s inhumanity to man.

You saw Central America and helped to set people free.
You died with the UN in Korea before and after 1953.
Namibia, and Haiti, Somalia, Angola, and more:
Canada tried to bring Peace to each foreign war.

Many of Canada’s fallen are buried in an overseas grave;
You volunteered to keep Peace, and many lives you did save.
You re-built the schools, fixed bridges and dug each deep well.
You gave up your lives. In the Service of Peace you excelled!

You delivered the convoys of humanitarian food aide.
On some dangerous missions the Ultimate Sacrifice was paid.
That rough road up to heaven for you soldier, it’s now paved.
On the Wall of Honour your name is lovingly engraved.

Rest in Peace Soldier!

Dedication of the Royal Canadian Legion Peace Park Hamilton, Ontario: August 7, 2010. The poems, “Our Fallen” and “Highway of Heroes: Stand Down Soldier” are by William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD.