Every year on the Sunday closest to 29 May, the Salvation Army pays tribute to the leaders, bandsmen and soldiers who perished in the sinking of the Empress of Ireland in the St. Lawrence River on 29 May 1914.
The sinking of the ocean liner, still the greatest maritime disaster in Canadian history, claimed the lives of more than 500 Canadian Salvationists on their way to a congress in London, England. The dead included the top leaders of the Salvation Army in Canada and also most of the Canadian Staff Band of the day.
[bclink id=”1001″ target=”_blank”] was given the privilege of providing music for the service at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto for 2012. A large crowd assembled on this warm, overcast day to pay tribute and to remember.
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