The 2017 National Silver Cross Mother, Mrs. Diana Abel: Mrs. Abel's only son, Corporal Michael David Abel, died on May 3, 1993 while serving in Belet Huen, Somalia as part of Operation Deliverance.


2017 National Silver Cross Mother

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Posted on Thursday, November 9, 2017


The Memorial Cross (more often referred to as the Silver Cross) was first authorized on December 1, 1919 as a memento of personal loss and sacrifice on the part of widows and mothers of Canadian sailors, aviators and soldiers who died for their country during the war.

Today, the National Silver Cross Mother is chosen by the Legion among nominations made by Legion Provincial Commands and individuals to represent the mothers of Canada at the National Remembrance Day Ceremony in Ottawa. At the Ceremony, the National Silver Cross Mother places a wreath at the base of the National War Memorial on behalf of all those mothers who have lost children in the military service of Canada. During her tenure, which starts on November 1, the National Silver Cross Mother fulfills other official functions.

2017 National Silver Cross Mother – Mrs. Diana Abel: Mrs. Abel’s only son, Corporal Michael David Abel, died on May 3, 1993 while serving in Belet Huen, Somalia, as part of Operation Deliverance. This operation was part of a United Nations peacekeeping effort during the early part of the Somali Civil War.

As the National Silver Cross Mother, Mrs. Abel will place a wreath at the National War Memorial on 11 November 2017 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.