For immediate release
December 17, 2014
Commemorate the 1914 Christmas Truce at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum
OTTAWA, December 17, 2014 – A hundred years ago in the trenches of Europe, during one of the darkest periods humanity has known, a few sparks of human kindness shone as combatants set aside their differences for a brief moment and observed the Christmas Truce.
Over the Holiday period, from December 26 to January 4, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum (CASM) will evoke the memories of those soldiers from both the Allied and Central Powers who traded Christmas carols across the trenches, exchanged small gifts, and took part in friendly soccer matches while the guns, for a short time, remained silent.
Visitors will be invited to listen to a variety of local choirs – such as the Ottawa Brahms Choir, the Ottawa Choral Society, Les Notes du Choeur, and many more – sing as they portray both sides of the conflict in “trenches” set up in the centre of the Museum, and to “take sides” with the signing “troops” to kick the ball around as did some of the combatants who briefly turned the Western Front’s No Man’s Land into a soccer pitch.
In addition to the choirs’ representation of the Christmas Truce, visitors will also have the opportunity to view some matinee screenings of the movies made about the Christmas Truce in the Museum’s Theatre. Younger visitors can learn about the Christmas Truce through the “Messages of hope” scavenger hunt, or by taking part in craft activities.
Holiday programming at the CASM will also feature Nunavik-inspired activities, as children can take part in a local version of the Kuujjuaq candy-drop, popularized by Inuk bush pilot Johnny May, and create Arctic-inspired prints with soapstone.
For more details about holiday programming, please visit the CASM’s website.