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October 31, 2013

Lest we forget – Remembrance Week at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum

OTTAWA, October 31, 2013 – Lest we forget, words that ring true like the bells in the Peace tower on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. They speak of honour, great deeds and sacrifice. The Canada Aviation and Space Museum (CASM) will present special programming throughout the week leading up to Remembrance Day on November 11 as we remember those Canadians who served their country with honour and pride and those that made the ultimate sacrifice.

From November 2 to 11, the CASM will be hosting various activities designed to pay homage to the triumphs and tragedies of veterans and serving members of the Canadian Forces. A special display honouring members of the Bomber Command, a documentary, a play, musical tributes, and children's activities will take place to ensure visitors of all ages can pay homage and commemorate the heritage of the nation's heroes.

The CASM will also proudly display Canada's Bomber Command Memorial Wall, on loan from the Bomber Command Museum of Canada in Alberta, which is inscribed with the names of the 10,659 bomber crew members of the Royal Air Force and Royal Canadian Air Force who lost their lives during Bomber Command operations during World War II.

The official launch of the documentary The Belgian Forest will take place on November 2. The hour-long film details the story of RCAF Halifax bomber LW682, which crashed into a Belgian swamp in 1944, entombing its crew, and the subsequent recovery of the aircraft in 1997, allowing its crew to be given full military funerals, and the aluminum from the wreckage to be used to create the ceiling of the Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, London. More screenings of this documentary will take place throughout Remembrance week at CASM.

On November 9, the Salamander Theatre for Young Audiences will also give a representation of Where Poppies Blow, a play written by Hannah Moscovitch and directed by Patrick Gauthier about a young Canadian boy witnessing the effects of the First World War on the small Ontario town where he lives.

On November 3, the Centralaires Concert Band will perform a musical Salute to The Forces. On November 10, the Canadian Armed Forces Central Band and the Governor General's Foot Guards Band, two of the foremost military bands, will present a performance entitled We Will Remember to highlight and honour veterans and currently serving members of the Canadian Forces.

For a detailed schedule of Remembrance Week events at the CASM, please visit aviation.technomuses.ca.

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Information:

Olivier Bouffard
Media relations
613-949-5732
obouffard@technomuses.ca

 

 

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