The World Remembers
The World Remembers is a unique opportunity for remembrance, reconciliation and education. To mark the WWI Centenary, we will project in light the 680,000 names of those killed in 1917 on the Government Conference Centre in Ottawa. Each name will appear at a designated hour and minute. You can search for the exact appearance time of any name at www.theworldremembers.ca. More than 21,000 Canadians, including those killed at Vimy and Passchendaele, will appear as well as names from the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Germany, the United States, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Slovenia, China and the British Indian Army.
The display, made possible by the support of Commemorate Canada, will take place each night starting at 8.30pm September 24th. The final name will appear at sunrise November 11th. The display will also run by day at the Canadian War Museum. By recognising the WWI losses from Canada and other participating nations, we look to the future with hope and understanding. For more information go to www.theworldremembers.ca.
The August 2017 edition of the Torch is now available in both hard copy and electronically.
Well Deserved Recognition
At the annual FCWM Board of Directors’ luncheon, held at HMCS BYTOWN, three members were recognized for their contributions to the Friends.
With her term as President nearing completion, Linda Colwell was lauded for her outstanding leadership during her time in office. The Vice-President, Robert Hamilton, is shown here presenting her with a plaque in recognition of her contribution to the organisation.
Douglas Rowland was also presented with a plaque recognizing his service as Past President and honouring his contribution to the BOD and to the executive committee. Bob Hamilton is shown here presenting Doug with his well-deserved recognition.
Finally, Helen McKiernan who was a member of the Board of Directors from 2015-2017 and who has been a busy member of the Friends from 2012 thanks to then President Doug Rowland’s penchant for volunteering his wife to take on various activities to support the Friends. She completed several stints as Acting Secretary for the Board and became the primary organizer and source of knowledge about organizing Friends AGMs from 2012-2017.
As an Events Committee member and later the Committee Chair she was the catalyst and engine of activity for organizing the Friends support to the CWM-hosted International Military History Symposium of April 2015, the Friends contributions to Awesome Sundays and Friends Forums. She was a mainstay of the Friends Strategic Planning process, leading us through the first round of planning and all reviews and updates since 2013.
As a member of the Governance Committee from 2012-14 she held the pen on writing updated EXCOM and Committee Chair TORs and worked on our application for continuance. Her work on refining our new bylaws and other elements of the process that required skilled writing was a key aspect of our successful application.
She is shown here receiving a plaque from Linda Colwell for her outstanding contributions.
Well Done to all!
The "Friends Only” 2017 Adopt-A-Book Campaign
After a successful 2016 campaign, Friends are again sponsoring the Adopt-a-Book campaign for 2017.
The titles the MHRC Library wishes to acquire are listed below. Interested Friends are invited to indicate on the form below the title they wish to sponsor, together with a second and third choice. The form should then be forwarded to the Friends office with a cheque.
Alternatively, sponsors may leave the title selection to the Library if their first, second and third choices have already been adopted. They may also simply leave the selection of the title to the Library in the first instance.
The Library will then acquire the books and inscribe the name of the sponsor on a bookplate in each volume.
It is requested that Friends be cognizant of the desire of other Friends to adopt titles, and thus to restrict their initial adoption to no more than one or two titles. If all titles are not taken up, then the remaining titles to be adopted will be published in the next edition of The Torch.
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!
For those delivering donations to the FCWM used military Book Room, the CWM now affords courtesy underground parking. Parking vouchers are available through the Book Room staff or the Friends' Office Supervisor.
Awesome Tank Weekend 2016
Do you hear that? I SAID DO YOU HEAR THAT? Yes, one had to shout to be heard over the roar of tank engines this late August weekend.
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.