Sunday, 25 September 2011

Rare exhibit at Shilo: Canada's Book of Remembrance

Wm Harvey Set Photo 28: Page 18 of the First World War Book of Remembrance

On September 29th a rare piece of Canadian history and remembrance will be on display at the Shilo's Royal Canadian Artillery Museum.

“In the Service of Canada” is the seventh Book of Remembrance. In it are hand-written the names of 1700 members of the Canadian Forces that have died serving their country from 1947 to present (except Korea). Normally, the books are in the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill. Every morning a new page is turned so that each fallen soldier's name is on display one day of the year.

They normally leave the Peace Tower but this one will and is coming to Shilo's RCA Museum. The museum is located at CFB Shilo, about 20 minutes east of Brandon. It is the second largest war museum in the country and for things like vehicles and arms it has the largest collection of any museum. It also has the original Punch Magazine printing plates for the first publication of In Flanders' Fields.

The book is on display Thursday Sept 29th from 10 am - 5 pm (one day only). Admission for the museum has been waived for the showing.
For more details about the showing.

For more on the Books of Remembrance (which can be viewed online).

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