Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
The 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, today honoured the memory of Private Thomas Welch at Garrison Petawawa.
Brigadier-General Stephen Cadden, Commander, 4th Canadian Division, presented members of Private Welch’s family with his Sacrifice Medal, Memorial Crosses, and Memorial Ribbons at a private memorial service held at Garrison Petawawa. The Sacrifice Medal is a tangible and lasting form of recognition for the sacrifices made by members of the Canadian Armed Forces killed or wounded in the line of duty. The Memorial Cross is a gift from Canada, issued as a memento of personal loss on the part of designated family members following the loss of Canadian Armed Forces personnel who died in service or whose death is attributed to their service. The Memorial Ribbon is presented designated family and loved ones as a memento of personal loss and sacrifice in respect of military personnel who lay down their lives for their country.
Private Welch tragically passed away on May 8, 2004 and today’s memorial service was held to honour his memory and pay tribute to his sacrifice.