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.
9 May 2015: CWM Celebrates 10th Anniversary in New Building
On Saturday, 9 May, the Canadian War Museum held an Open House to celebrate its 10th year in its stunning new venue on the LeBreton Flats. On hand throughout the day to greet the large crowds that attended the event was Mark O’Neill, CEO of the Canadian Museum Corporation and interim Director of the Canadian War Museum.
Visitors were entertained by musicians from the Netherlands Youth Orchestra who played in various locations throughout the Museum, greatly adding to the festive atmosphere.
The event was marked by a ceremonial cake cutting by Mark O’Neill, Linda Colwell (President of the Friends), and by three 10 year old children selected from the crowd. Cupcakes decorated with the Museum logo were handed out.
A big crowd favourite was the vehicle demonstrations as a number of CWM vintage machines were on site as stationary displays while others were put through their paces by Museum staff. Videos of the latter may be found on the FCWM web site.
The Friends played an active and visible role in the celebrations. In addition to the cake cutting, Jerry Bowen, one of the Volunteer Interpreters was featured on the cover of the program; and, an information table was manned by a number of Friends throughout the day where copies of war artist Charles Comfort book, “Artist at War”, was given out to interested visitors.
The Friends held a raffle and three names were drawn from the numerous entries. The three winners were given a one-year FCWM membership and free passes to the Museum.
Everyone concerned with the event considered the day to have been a great success and a fitting tribute to this outstanding monument to Canadian military history.
Photos courtesy of Friend Mai-yu Chan.
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.