Monday, December 17, 2012

Memorial Painting Unveiled in the Garth Webb Library Learning Commons

On December 11, Mr. Ed Stewart was on hand to unveil his painting "For Valour".  The print depicts the 16 Canadian recipients of the Victoria Cross, the Commonwealth's highest medal for bravery.  Mr. Stewart, a former illustrator, embarked on this project in order to honour these men, but also to bring attention to all Canadians who gave their lives in service to this country -including his own brother, Bill, who was lost on the HMCS Athabaskan during the Second World War.

Grade 10 History students were able to hear Mr. Stewart speak about his journey in creating the painting, and were part of the unveiling ceremony.  Notably, our copy of this print has been signed by "Smokey" Smith, who was the last living Canadian recipient of the British Victoria Cross.

Garth Webb students and staff are fortunate to have such a special piece of art hanging in our school!

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