During the Second World War, Canada and Britain found in Edward Wilson, the British-born Mayor of Verdun, a man the country could count on. When Britain was at war, Verdun was at war! One way or another, every citizen had to play a role in the war effort. Mayor Wilson set the example by fully investing of himself.
Mayor Wilson organized several initiatives to support Canada and its soldiers overseas. One of the mayor’s most important projects was without a doubt the Mayor’s Cigarette Fund, with the goal of supplying cigarettes to soldiers from Verdun serving overseas.
Mayor Wilson also sat on many committees including the Victory Bonds Committee and Verdun’s Red Cross Committee. He threw all his support, as well as that of the City, behind groups such as the Civilian Protection Committee and the Canadian Women’s Army Corps by providing access to municipal buildings and to the resources needed to ensure their operations.
He spared no effort in promoting enlistment and took advantage of every opportunity to encourage citizens to join the Armed Forces through military parades, baseball tournaments and concerts. He even gave speeches in schools. His passion and involvement in the community brought help to many people affected by the war, such as widows and orphans.