While the Second World War ends on a low note, with so many Cliff men having given their lives and Cliff women returned to their pre-war status, the state of the world had changed.
We must remember that the lives of those soldiers were not given in vain, for the Allies bought with them an end to the unspeakable evils of Hitler's regime - a victory for freedom and human rights - and ultimately, peace.
We must also remember that those women who had worked in the mines and the military were liberated in their own way, truly knowing they could do more than they had previously been allowed to do. They were (and are) the mothers of those who drove the women's liberation movement and the grandmothers of women who today can work underground, in the military, as police officers, firefighters, mechanics - who can do any work they choose to. Because of these women and others like them across Canada, gender is no longer an impassable barrier to choice in our country.
Finally, we must do our best to remember and to keep telling all of the stories of the people of Copper Cliff - people very different from one another, but united by a strength of spirit that allowed them to carve a town and an industry out of the wilderness, and from that town build a community always ready and willing to give of itself whatever is needed in desperate times.