Greetings Friends, Christmas is upon us, and it is time to gather with friends and family to celebrate the holidays. The Board and volunteers of the Friends would like to wish all of our members and their loved ones a very Merry Christmas and a joyous and happy New Year!
Still shopping for Christmas gifts? Here's a great stocking stuffer. The Museum is presenting a Vimy Concert on April 9th, 2017 - THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER by Canadian composer Andrew Ager featuring the choirs of Christ Church cathedral under the direction of Matthew Larkin. “The Unknown Soldier”, Andrew Ager’s moving work for choir, baritone, and orchestra is presented as the centerpiece of the evening. Using poetry by young WW I combatants from Canada, France, England, and Germany, the music evokes not only the loss of those promising lives, but also the very real feelings they had in the midst of conflict. As well, excerpts from journals and letters written by soldiers in moments of rest are read between movements. In this way, the Battle of Vimy Ridge, now a century past, is brought into the present. A reception with light refreshments will begin at 8:15 p.m. The museum’s Vimy exhibits will be open to guests. Adults: $30 / Students: $20 / Children 12 and under: $1 For tickets, please click here.
At the Museum
Deadly Skies – Air War, 1914–1918
Until January 29, 2017 Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae Gallery #DeadlySkiesWW1 Go beyond the dogfights and immerse yourself in the lives of nine people, from both sides of the conflict, who experienced the first air war. Follow them as they train to fly, gather intelligence, fight aerial battles, drop bombs and endure the consequences of this brand new form of warfare.
These interactive experiences encourage visitors to test their mettle in the days of early air combat. Balloon Observation Mission — Climb into a balloon basket and search for enemy activity on the Western Front. — Observation Zone Welcome to the Aerodrome — Suit up, assemble a map and get your airplane ready for action. — Eaton Activity Hub Ace Academy Flight Experience — Test your First World War piloting skills in virtual combat in this interactive application developed by the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. — Eaton Activity Hub
Traces of the First World War – Newfoundland and Labrador
Until January 1, 2017 Lobby (near the Gift Shop) | Free #TracesWW1 Newfoundland’s Great War involved far more than the tragic July 1916 disaster at Beaumont Hamel. This photo exhibition presents a dozen dramatic and evocative Newfoundland stories. Each reveals the war’s deep impact on people, communities and ideas, for those at home and those overseas, the traces of which are still seen and felt today.
Preserved in Stone – Underground Art of the First World War
Until January 7, 2018 Lobby Explore the chalk quarries that sheltered Canadian soldiers preparing for the Battle of Vimy Ridge, and discover the names and images they scratched into the soft stone walls. One hundred years after the First World War, reproductions and photographs of the carvings reveal life in tunnels and caves beneath the battlefields. This exhibition was made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Canadian War Museum, and Michael and Anne Gough.
Biplane on the Fridge!
Until December 31 Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae Gallery Families with young children will love this fun activity. Inspired by airplanes in the Deadly Skies exhibition, participants will create their own miniature versions. Using popsicle sticks, clothespins, a magnet and a little imagination, make your own souvenir airplane magnet to take home.
Other items of Interest
Calling Carleton University Graduates
Are you a Carleton grad, and a veteran (or do you have military service history)? If so, we ant to hear from you! Carleton University is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2017 and we would like to honour the original community of students (many of whom were WW II vets) by inviting any and all Carleton grads with military service history to a special event in June of 2017. If you are part of this special community, please contact Kathy McKinley, 75th Anniversary Project Liaison Coordinator at your earliest convenience at 613-520-2600 x3780 or . We look forward to hearing from you!
Wreaths Across Canada
‘Wreaths Across Canada’ is an organization established in 2008, based in Ottawa, that lays several thousand wreaths at the Beechwood Cemetery on the first Sunday of every December. We try to ensure that every veteran buried at Beechwood is honored with a wreath. A Winnipeg event was added in 2014 with other locations under consideration. More information on the organization can be found here. Unlike the ceremonies taking place on November 11th, individual families are encouraged to lay a wreath and say a word of thanks to each of the 3000 veterans buried at Beechwood. Fundraising covers the costs associated with the ceremony.