Canadians have long served their country by participating in numerous wars and conflicts. Over the years, individual citizens, veterans organizations and service clubs have raised thousands of memorials across the country to honour those sailors, soldiers, airmen and women who made great sacrifices towards the restoration of world peace and served their country so well.
In keeping with our proud military heritage, Canadians erected cenotaphs in municipal centres, raised monuments in parks, cemeteries and public areas. Church members have mounted plaques and stained glass windows as memorials, and cairns and fountains have been constructed as important landmarks marking various military involvement. All of this is done to mark the service of family, friends and comrades, and to ensure that these important and not so well known battles and events form part of our communal memory.
The aim of this database is to record all Canadian Forces operations since 1945. Over 400 international operations have been identified so far, but the historical research required for each has not yet been completed. Substantive entries have been prepared for on-going operations; new operations will be added to the list as required.
Over 600,000 men and women enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) during the First World War (1914-1918) as soldiers, nurses and chaplains. The CEF database is an index to those service files, which are held by Library and Archives Canada.