The Memorial Cross (more often referred to as the Silver Cross) was first authorized on 1 December 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 the first of November, the National Silver Cross Mother fulfills other official functions.
This year's National Silver Cross Mother is Mrs. Samson Dawe, mother of Captain Matthew Dawe and wife of LCol Peter Dawe, CD (Ret'd). Colonel Dawe served a full career in the RCE and Canadian Military Engineers. Captain Matthew J. Dawe was killed in Afghanistan while leading 8 Platoon, C Company, 3 Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Battalion (3 PPCLI). His company was part of 2 Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group (2 RCR BG) serving in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Mrs. Dawe raised an amazing military family. Her dedication as a military spouse and mother of four men who served or continue to serve our country reflects an admirable commitment to our country. We are proud that she will represent all military mothers during this Remembrance Period,” says the Legion’s Dominion President, Thomas D. Irvine, CD.
Born on April 1, 1980, Matthew was killed in action on July 4, 2007. Returning from a mission, his vehicle was targeted by a 500-pound bomb buried in the road. He died instantly, along with five other Canadian soldiers and an Afghan interpreter. After his death, platoon members openly shared personal stories of their commander’s positive leadership.
Read more about both Mrs. Samson Dawe and Captain Dawe: https://legion.ca/remembrance/silver-cross-mother`