The touching ceremony featured speeches from various prominent members of the community. Former Minister of Veterans Affairs and current MP Erin O’Toole, who spearheaded the movement to have a monument erected was on hand to remind the public why remembering the life and legacy of Sam Sharpe is so important in today’s age.
Lt.Col. Sam Sharpe fought at Vimy Ridge, Avion and later Passchendaele, all while serving as the MP for Uxbridge. Sam Sharpe suffered from what we know today as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and jumped from his hospital room window to his death in May of 1918.
Today, Sam Sharpe would have been diagnosed and helped with his PTSD.
Thousands of soldiers here in Canada and the United States come home with horrible mental injuries that we just now are coming to terms with and treating properly.
This monument is a lasting reminder of the ongoing struggle to end the stigma surrounding mental health, but will also be a comforting reminder to anyone suffering from occupational stress, that we have come a long way since Sam Sharpe took his own life.
When Members of Parliament walk by the monument, it will serve to remind them to continue fighting for those that suffer from injuries not seen.