Portrait of Mrs Sullivan, wearing black ruffled shirt with silver cross pinned to her lapel

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National Silver Cross Mother: Mrs. Debbie Sullivan


Posted on Thursday November 5, 2020

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. During her tenure, which starts on November 1, the National Silver Cross Mother fulfills other official functions.

2020 National Silver Cross Mother – Mrs. Debbie Sullivan

Mrs. Sullivan’s son, LT(N) Christopher Edward Saunders was a Naval Officer in the Royal Canadian Navy. Chris was killed during a tragic fire while serving aboard HMCS Chicoutimi on October 6, 2004.

As the National Silver Cross Mother, Mrs. Sullivan places a wreath at the National War Memorial on 11 November on behalf of all Canadian mothers who have lost a son or a daughter in the military service of Canada. Throughout the year until October, 2021, she will also be called upon to perform other duties honouring the Fallen from all conflicts.