Sunday, 9 November 2008

Art and Rememberance

This being the 90th anniversary of the Armistice there is a wonderful public art project taking place right now - the brainchild of actor R.H. Thompson.

'Vigile 1914-1918 Vigil' is projecting the name of each of the 68,000 men killed in WW1 for a period of 8 seconds on a number of significant Canadian buildings. The Queen kicked it off at Canada House in London earlier this week and the wave follows the sun across the ocean to Canada and sites in Halifax, Fredericton, Ottawa, Toronto, Regina and Edmonton.

At the 1914-1918 Vigil website you can search the database to see when someone's name is going to be projected on the Peace Tower in Ottawa. There is also a webcam so you can tune in.

You may remember that a few months ago I did an obituary for a forgotten Winnipeg soldier,
Lance Corporal William Harvey, who died on May 04, 1915. His name will be projected on Nov 8 at 10:34 PM .

It's really too bad that there isn't a Manitoba site for this. It is a fitting tribute to those who gave their lives.

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