Wall of Remembrance

The Wall of Remembrance, located in Bethel Heritage Park in Winkler, Manitoba, is more than about remembering the past. It is focuses on the Prince of Peace, who died and rose again, and calls us to a lifestyle of peacemaking. It is also in remembrance of the followers of Jesus who chose peace as a way of life in time of conflict and, in particular, World War II.

A total of more than 3,021 young men in Manitoba chose to follow their conscience and their understanding of the teachings of Jesus. They served as conscientious objectors (C.O.’s) in national parks, hospitals, farms, mines, lumber camps, and remote schools. Most of their salaries were paid to the Red Cross for relief in war torn countries of Europe. Each of the 3,021 bricks in the Wall of Remembrance represents one Manitoba C.O. who served.

In Canada, a total of 10,851 young men chose to follow their conscience as C.O.’s. Of this group, 75% were Mennonite/Anabaptist, while 25% were from a variety of different churches and denominations.

Out of this experience came a whole new understanding and appreciation for the privilege of living in Canada. Also out of this experience came a new interest in a Christian approach to mental health. Eden Mental Health was one of the long term results. At the same time, many of these young men went to serve as volunteers with MCC overseas after the war. Others took on leadership positions in local communities and churches.

Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) was another result of this Christian peace witness. Since World War II, others have volunteered locally, nationally, and internationally to practically express the love of Christ.

The Evangelical Anabaptist Fellowship is committed to share the love of Jesus in times of peace as well as in times of conflict and disaster.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate you enemy’. But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.” Jesus (Matthew 5:43-45)

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:18-21)