Second World War Veterans Gather to Preserve Their Stories at a Special Kelowna Event, Held by The Memory Project: Stories of the Second World War

October 31, 2009

On Saturday, October 31st Okanagan area Second World War veterans will gather at the Okanagan Military Museum to participate in a new nation-wide oral history project.

On Saturday, October 31st Okanagan area Second World War veterans will gather at the Okanagan Military Museum to participate in a new nation-wide oral history project.

An initiative of the Historica-Dominion Institute, The Memory Project: Stories of the Second World War will create a record of Canada’s participation in the Second World War as seen through the eyes of thousands of men and women who were there. The Institute will provide every living Canadian Second World War veteran with the opportunity to preserve their memories through recorded interviews and digitized memorabilia. Their stories will be available, in both official languages, at www.thememoryproject.com.

Second World War veterans will also be available to share their unforgettable stories through interviews with the media.

What: The Memory Project: Stories of the Second World War

Who: The Historica-Dominion Institute
Okanagan Military Museum Society
Sharon Shepherd, Mayor of Kelowna, and Council
Ron Cannan, MP, Kelowna-Lake-Country
Veterans, Seniors, and members of the public

When: Saturday, October 31 – 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 pm.
Reception and Lunch at 12:00 p.m.

Where: Okanagan Military Museum, 1424 Ellis Street, Kelowna

The Historica-Dominion Institute is a national charitable organization that was launched on September 1st, 2009 through the amalgamation of two existing organizations: The Historica Foundation of Canada and The Dominion Institute. Its mandate is to build active and informed citizens through a greater knowledge and appreciation of the history, heritage, and stories of Canada. Some of its signature programs include: Encounters with Canada, The Memory Project, Passages to Canada, and The Canadian Encyclopedia. You are invited to discover the Historica-Dominion Institute at www.historica-dominion.ca.

The Memory Project is being held in coordination with the annual Songs from the War Years performance on Sunday, November 1st at the Kelowna Community Theatre. Both events pay tribute to our veterans as we draw closer to the annual Remembrance season. Tickets for Songs from the War Years are available from the Water Street Seniors Centre and at the door.

The Memory Project: Stories of the Second World War is made possible through a contribution from the Government of Canada through the Celebrations and Commemorations Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

The Okanagan Military Museum is dedicated to collecting and preserving the military heritage of the Okanagan and is proud to host the Historica-Dominion Institute and The Memory Project. For more about the Museum visit www.KelownaMuseums.ca.

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For more information:
Risti Lesperance
Marketing & Special Events Coordinator
Kelowna Museums
250-763-2417 ext 22
Events@KelownaMuseums.ca


Erin Whittaker
Communications Officer
The Memory Project: Stories of the Second World War
(416) 506-1867 ext 222 / mobile: (416) 702-3705
ewhittaker@historica-dominion.ca