National War Museum Offers Online Resources for Remembrance Day 2020

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Remembrance Day
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THUNDER BAY – With the decisions on scaling back public Remembrance Day services in Thunder Bay, and other communities across Western Ontario, it is important that there be efforts to remember the sacrifices that Canada’s men and women in uniform in the Army, Navy, Airforce all made.

NetNewsLedger has livestreamed Remembrance Day Services from Fort William Gardens since 2011.

During the Remembrance period, the Canadian War Museum is an important place to learn more about Canada’s military history and to remember Canadians’ service, sacrifice, and loss.

With the launch of a new online resource for Remembrance Day ceremonies, the Museum now offers new, easy-to-use materials to deliver lessons and ceremonies in the classroom, at home, or in the wider community.

While created primarily for educators, the resources offered by the Canadian War Museum are suited to anyone who is looking for materials to develop a Remembrance Day event.

These new online resources highlight artifacts, archival documents, photographs, and works of art from the collections of the Canadian War Museum. These primary sources are supported by historical overviews, lesson plans, and ready-to-play presentations that bring accounts of wartime service and sacrifice to life — from the story of a father who carried his daughter’s teddy bear in his pocket during the First World War to that of the first Canadian female soldier killed in a combat role in Afghanistan. This Remembrance resource is generously supported by the Royal Canadian Legion Dominion Command and the Friends of the Canadian War Museum.

“It is crucial that we continue to remember our country’s military history and honour the lives lost in past conflicts,” said Caroline Dromaguet, Acting Director-General of the Canadian War Museum. “We are pleased to be providing educators with this high-quality resource that will bring the remarkable stories of Canada’s military contributions into classrooms and communities across the country.”

“Remembrance Day ceremonies will be different this year because of pandemic restrictions,” said Larry Murray, Grand President of the Royal Canadian Legion Dominion Command. “This makes us particularly pleased to be supporting this online, educational initiative, which we are sure will lead to new, creative ways of honouring the sacrifices of Canadians.”

“This module provides educators and students with high-quality primary source materials to engage with our country’s military heritage,” said Commodore (Ret’d) Robert Hamilton, President of the Friends of the Canadian War Museum. “We are delighted to be able to contribute to the education of the next generation.”

The Museum plans to further enhance its online resources next year with more short videos, ready-to-use presentations, and primary source materials.

The Remembrance Day resource is available at warmuseum.ca/remembrance-day.

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