The May 2015 edition of the Torch is now available in both hard copy and electronically. This edition has a variety of interesting articles including the following:
- Remembrance Week in Hong Kong: an account of a visit to Hong Kong by Friends, Mai-yu Chan and Gordon Foster to attend Mai-yu’s college reunion. While there they visited the sites of the 1941 Battle of Hong Kong.
- President’s Message: FCWM President Linda Colwell provides information on the First World War Day-by-Day Twitter project; and reports on the death of former President LGen (Ret’d) Bill Leach.
- Donations: Regular and in-memoriam donations received during the period 1 January – 31 March 2015 are recorded.
- FCWM Volunteer Interpreter Program: Part 2 of a three part description of the FCWM Volunteer Interpreter Program.
- D Battery Remembers its Roots: a report on a visit by D Battery, 2nd Regt, RCHA to the CWM.
- A Lifetime of Service – and Beyond: description of a bequest by the late VAdm (Ret’d) Ralph Hennessy, to the Canadian War Museum.
- Canadians in the Battle of the Ardennes: a report on a battlefield tour conducted by Friend Marilyn Minnes.
- Transitions: a record of new Friends and those who have died since publication of the last Torch.
- Book Review: another in a series of insightful and interesting reviews by Friend John Anderson.
- The LeBreton Gallery Catalog: description of the recently published, FCWM funded catalog.
- Notice of 2015 Annual General Meeting: information pertaining to the next AGM to be held on 4 June 2015.
You will note that this issue is 12 pages in length as opposed to the traditional 8 pages due to the large number of inputs.
Universal Carrier Mk II
The CWM Universal Carrier Mk II is put through its paces by CWM staff at the recent celebration of the Museum's 10th anniversary of its relocation to the present site.
This video shows the CWM Grizzly being driven by Museum staff during the Museum's 10th Anniversary Celebration.
29 April 2015: Volunteer Appreciation Day
The Canadian Museum of History Corporation’s annual Volunteer Recognition Day was held in the Grand Hall of the History Museum on April 29, 2015. President and CEO of the Corporation, Mark O’Neill hosted the event and thanked the volunteers from both the Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum for their work. He also outlined plans for the future of the new Canadian Museum of History. Volunteers from the Canadian War Museum who were on hand to receive their pins were: Douglas Rowland (5 year pin), Gordon Parker (15), Marie-Josée Tremblay (20), Violet Parker (20) and Tina Creber (25). The pins they received this year reflect, for the first time, the logos of the two museums.
25 April 2015 – ANZAC Day Centenary
“Tribute to the ANZACS” by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk contains the moving lines “….You, the mothers, who sent their sons from faraway countries wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land, they have become our sons as well.”
A solemn service was observed by some 400 people in Lebreton Gallery of the Canadian War Museum on 25April, 2015, to mark the centenary of ANZAC Day. In attendance were Governor-General David Johnston, the High Commissioners of New Zealand and Australia, and the Ambassador of Turkey.
Representing the Canadian War Museum and Friends of the Canadian War Museum, Jim Whitham and Douglas Rowland laid a wreath during the ceremony.
A special coin was minted to commemorate the centenary and presented to Governor-General David Johnston after the ceremony.
The Governor General’s Foot Guards and Band, and the Army Voices choir contributed to the occasion.
LeBreton Gallery Catalogue
Experience the LeBreton Gallery and the Canadian War Museum’s superb collection of military technology. Get an up-close view of imposing tanks, artillery and other machines of war, and learn about the military technology used by and against Canadians in times of both peace and conflict.
Attention all book lovers with an interest in military history! You are invited to visit the Friends of the Canadian War Museum “BookRoom” where hundreds of lovingly used titles covering the full spectrum of military subjects are offered for sale at very reasonable prices.
Often referred to as a little-known treasure, the “BookRoom” is a significant fundraiser for the Museum and is staffed by a team of volunteers whose knowledge of the collection is only surpassed by their motivation! The “BookRoom” is open daily between 1100 and 1500 (except Sunday) and is located adjacent to the Museum Research Library - just follow the signs!
2014 - 2015 FCWM Restoration Projects
Major projects in recent years have been the restoration of the Portrait Wall in the main concourse of the museum, and the restoration of the World War II Fordson Food Van and of the M1917 6-ton Tank, both of which can be seen in LeBreton Gallery. Most revenues come from annual membership fees, generous donations provided by members, and sale of used military books from our book store.