HALIFAX, MAY 8, 2015 – Former lieutenant governor of Nova Scotia, The Honourable Myra A. Freeman, C.M., ONS, MSM, joined members of The Memory Project Speakers Bureau at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day with a Victory Ball. Local veterans, currently serving Canadian Forces members and students from the Halifax area attended the event.
Leonard Whiffen, a veteran of the Second World War, shared his memories of The Battle of the Atlantic. Mr. Whiffen has visited numerous classrooms and community groups across the Halifax area on behalf of The Memory Project Speakers Bureau. Following Mr. Whiffen’s speech, Halifax Dance’s Young Company performed, and students from Sir Charles Tupper School provided musical entertainment. The event concluded with swing dancing lessons, to live music by local jazz band Swingology. 1940’s themed catering was served.
“Halifax is a city with a rich military history, particularly in regards to Victory in Europe Day” said Jill Paterson, Senior Project Manager. “The Memory Project brings history to life and this event was a perfect example of this unique program.”
An initiative of Historica Canada, The Memory Project gives veterans and current Canadian Forces members the opportunity to share their stories of military service, through its online archive and volunteer speakers bureau. Through The Memory Project, veterans and active service members share their military experiences in classrooms and community groups across Canada, reaching 1.5 million Canadians since 2001. Hear their stories at www.thememoryproject.com.
Historica Canada is the country’s largest organization dedicated to enhancing awareness of Canada’s history and citizenship. For more information, visit www.historicacanada.ca
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