Second World War Veterans Share their Stories to Commemorate the 70th Anniversary of Canada's Declaration of War



    TORONTO, Sept. 7 /CNW/ - On September 10, 1939 Canada declared war on
Germany propelling Canadians into the Second World War. Today seven veterans
share their experiences, as part of a national veteran initiative, of where
they were when the declaration of war was made.
    Now available online at www.thememoryproject.com/september10, veterans
recall the stories of joining the air force on a lunch break and hearing of
the declaration while attending high school. Each of these recollections shed
a personal light on an event deeply ingrained in our national memory. The
stories also provide a preview of the archive being collected through The
Memory Project: Stories of the Second World War, an initiative of the Dominion
Institute.
    The initiative is dedicated to creating an unprecedented record of
Canada's participation in the Second World War as told through the
first-person narrative of thousands of servicemen and women. The Institute
will provide every living Second World War veteran with the opportunity to
preserve their memories through recorded interviews and digitized memorabilia.
Once completed, these stories will be available for teachers, students and all
Canadians, in both official languages, through the Memory Project Digital
Archive website. This archive will help inspire Canadians to learn more about
Canada's military history, and the stories of the honourable sacrifices made
by fallen and surviving veterans.

    The Dominion Institute was founded in 1997 and has focused its efforts on
conducting original research into Canadians' knowledge of the country's past
and building innovative programs - such as The Memory Project - that broaden
appreciation of the richness and complexity of the Canadian story. Visit
www.dominion.ca for more information.

    The Memory Project: Stories of the Second World War is made possible
through a contribution from the Government of Canada through the Celebrations
and Commemorations Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage.





For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview with a veteran:
Jenna Misener - Project Manager, 1-866-701-1867, jenna@dominion.ca

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