The Historica-Dominion Institute is the largest, independent organization dedicated to Canadian history, identity and citizenship. Through our work in various programs, we are determined to build active and informed Canadian citizens. As we work hard to ensure a greater appreciation for Canada’s history and heritage, we’d like to share our own stories and impressions. We invite you to do the same.
L’Institut Historica-Dominion est le plus large organisme national charitable au Canada dédié à l’histoire, l’identité et la citoyenneté du pays. À travers nos programmes, nous sommes déterminés de former des citoyens actifs et informés. Nous aimerons partager nos histoires et impressions lorsque nous tentons d’assurer une encore plus forte appréciation du patrimoine Canadien. Nous vous invitons de partager avec nous.
The Memory Project’s Manager, Dr. Alex Herd, reflecting on the importance of recording and archiving the personal stories of Second World War and Korean War veterans as we are losing them at an alarming pace.
The Memory Project Archive just held the first of three smaller events to being held over over the few weeks. Veterans from the Greater Toronto Area are invited to have their experiences recorded, and collections digitized, by the Institute.
Bill Newell, on of the Memory Project veterans who passed away last week. From The Welland Tribune.
Alex reminds us that it is not the size of such events that matters - they can’t all be like The Last Hurrah - but that we are giving veterans as many opportunities as we can for them to share their stories, before it is too late.
If you know a veteran from the Second World War or the Korean War in the GTA, the details for the next two event are:
- Elgin Mills Visitation Centre (1591 Elgin Mills Road East, Richmond Hill) on Sunday, March 18, from 9 am to 5 pm
- Meadowvale Cemetery and Korean War Memorial (7732 Mavis Road, Brampton) on Sunday, March 25, from 9am to 5pm
A former Research and Collections Officer of The Memory Project Archive, Marie-Eve Vaillancourt-Deleris relocated to Courseulles-sur-Mer, France in 2010, to work as the Program Manger of the Juno Beach Centre.
Marie-Eve recently sent over an update on life at the Juno Beach Centre in the Fall of 2011, including the exciting discovery of a new German tunnels and bunkers located not far from the Centre. Here is Marie-Eve, inside the tunnels, which has been covered for 60 some years.
Marie-Eve described the importance of this discovery:
"In the 1950’s local teenagers used to hang out in these tunnels or vestiges, which are part of former Nazi defence lines. The tunnels used to be accessible, but being located to close to the sea, over the years these tunnels naturally filled up with sand. It was through a stroke of luck that the brother of the Centre’s Director remembered the approximate location of the opening to the tunnel and the crew were able to dig out the sand for a day of shooting. Which reiterates the importance of sharing stories and experiences from one generation to the next. If we loose one generation’s knowledge of these things, history can slip into the sand forever.”
After a studious visit of the museum, the solemn discovery of a German Bunker and Juno Beach, young visitors to the Centre let loose and show their energy!
Additional articles on life at the Juno Beach Centre are available over at the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmaments Studies website.
Pour une description détaille du mission du Royal 22e Régiment à capturer un carrefour routier reliant Ortona au hameau de la Casa Berardi en Italie écrit par Carl Pépin.
Vous pouvez le trouver publié sur son blog.
Pour plus sur la bataille de Casa Berardi, visite Le Projet Mémoire. Et, lit l’histoire de Fernand Trépanier.
For the lead up to Remembrance Day, we are share the correspondence from students to veterans who took part in last year’s Thank a Vet campaign.
Last year, The Memory Project made sure that each Thank You letter from Canadian students was forwarded to our Speakers’ Bureau members.
What we didn’t expect was that the veterans would start writing back. In no time hundreds of letters from students and veterans all over Canada were coming in and out of the Historica-Dominion Institute offices.
Each letter was just as moving and lovely to read as the next. We encourage to, if not write a Thank You card, simply say “Thank You”.
Lest we forget.