Charlottetown, June 6, 2016 – Local veterans, city officials and history enthusiasts in Charlottetown joined The Memory Project at the Haviland Club to commemorate the anniversary of the D-Day landings.
Master of Ceremonies Colonel (retd) Dennis Hopping, OMM CD, Honourary Colonel of Prince Edward Island Regiment, spoke about the island’s contributions to the Second World War, while veteran Joyce Paynter shared memories of her service at the Canadian Headquarters in England, where she was stationed on D-Day. Brigitte d’Auzac, Director of Programs and Development at Historica Canada, introduced The Memory Project and its role in preserving and sharing stories of service.
Local film directors Louise Lalonde and Rachel Bower screened three short films, and the evening included a performance by PEI musician Teresa Doyle. Attendees enjoyed 1940’s-inspired hors d’oeuvres and viewed military artefacts on loan from private collections.
“Charlottetown’s commitment to community and remembrance is reflected in the enthusiasm for this event,” said Brigitte d’Auzac, Director of Programs and Development at Historica Canada. “By commemorating D-Day through film and story, we’re able to gain insight into one of the most significant events of the 20th century.”
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. For more information, visit thememoryproject.com.
Historica Canada is the country’s largest organization dedicated to enhancing awareness of Canada’s history and citizenship. For more information, visit historicacanada.ca.
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