In thousands of locations worldwide, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month brings  two minutes of silence, preceded by “last post” and followed by “reveille”. Parades of veterans and marching bands will take place in dozens of cities including Winnipeg.

At the Western Canada Aviation Museum, we will feature two tributes in our lobby and entrance area from November 10th through to December 30th, 2010. (We are open on Remembrance Day from 1 pm to 5 pm).

RCAF WOMEN’S DIVISION

A tribute to the RCAF Women’s Division and their important contribution to the nation’s war effort during the Second World War with numerous photographs, artifants and uniforms on display.

RCAF AIRMEN

A tribute to three RCAF airmen from Manitoba during the Second World War.  Two of the men lost their lives during combat (Pilot Officer Andrew Mynarski and Pilot Officer Cecil Hubley) while the third (First Officer Andrew Kindret) was shot down during a bombing mission, captured and spent the remainder of the war in a German Prisoner of War camp.  Their fascinating stories, along with letters, photos and artifacts will bring you closer to their lives and to the war.

VIRTUAL EXHIBITS FROM ACROSS CANADA

The Rideau Canal Museum has posted the  Lest We Forget Project — a community-based program that researches the lives of soldiers whose names are found on cenotaphs across Canada. Smiths Falls high school students created this museum display after collecting names inscribed on their local cenotaph and completing primary research through Library and Archives Canada. The students travelled to Europe to visit the cemeteries where these soldiers are buried to take digital images and to complete a grave rubbing. The result is a collection of images and text that tell the story of the spirit of youth and the tragedy of war.

Get an up close and personal view of the Canadian War Museum’s World War I collections through the online exhibition Canada and the First World War.  It features hundreds of never-before-seen photos and objects from the “war to end all wars”.

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