Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Memory Project visits the GWSS Library LC

On November 9, GWSS celebrated it's very first Remembrance Day services.  The month of November is extra-special in a school named after a WWII veteran, as we cultivate a culture of active remembrance.

Following the official services, and the laying of poppies in "Garth's Garden", the Historica-Dominion Institute graciously arranged for four veterans to participate in round-table discussions with our Grade 10 history students in the Library LC:

  • Margaret Haliburton WREN Woman’s Royal Canadian Naval Service: communications officer – a high frequency direction finding officer, she tracked the German submarines around the Atlantic.

  • Pilot Officer Malcolm Andrade RCAF, flew pilot missions over France Belgium in a Spitfire.  His story is recounted in the book “We Were Freedom”. 

  • Lieutenant Commander Gord Hendry, RCNVR Royal Canadian Navy D-Day veteran who’s account is featured in the book “Rare Courage”

  • Major Mark Bossi served in Afghanistan where he was part of the Civil Military Co-operation tasked with building relations with locals in Afghanistan.

  •  Ed Stewart, designer of the book Unlucky Lady: The Life and Death of HMCS Athabaskan, brother of Bill Stewart, who was lost on that vessel during WW2.
Thanks to all who participated!

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