Victoria – November 2, 2011—With new funding to preserve experiences of the Korean War, The Memory Project has embarked on a second cross-Canada journey to record veteran testimonials. Second World War and Korean War veterans gathered today at the Hotel Grand Pacific in Victoria and will meet again tomorrow, November 3 in Nanaimo, to participate in the nation-wide oral history project from British Columbia.
With more than 2,500 Second World War veteran testimonials recorded to date, The Memory Project Archive has expanded its collection mandate to preserve the experiences of Canadian veterans of the Korean War—often called the “Forgotten War”. Researchers have already travelled to Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia and Manitoba to create a legacy of 516 Korean War testimonials—one for every fallen Canadian from that conflict—which will be shared with all Canadians at www.thememoryproject.com. This iniative will continue until the 60th annivesary of the Korean War Arminitice in 2013.
“We are honoured to be in be in British Columbia as we travel Canada to capture the experiences of Second World War veterans and Korean War veterans,” said Alex Herd, The Memory Project Manager. “These voices represent essential chapters in our history that should never be forgotten, and we are proud to share them with Canadians everywhere.”
An initiative of The Historica-Dominion Institute, The Memory Project: Stories of the Second World War and Korean War Archive is creating an unprecedented record of Canada’s participation in the Second World War and Korean War as seen through the eyes of thousands of men and women who were there. It is providing every living veteran with the opportunity to preserve their memories through recorded interviews and digitized memorabilia. Their stories are available, in both official languages, at www.thememoryproject.com.
The Memory Project Archive is made possible by a contribution from the Government of Canada through the Celebrations and Commemorations Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage.
Contact The Memory Project to speak with a participating veteran from your community.
The Historica-Dominion Institute is the largest independent organization dedicated to history and citizenship in Canada. Its mandate is to build active and informed citizens through a greater knowledge and appreciation of the history, heritage and stories of Canada.
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