The Memory Project Returns to Edmonton to Record “Forgotten War” Stories

May 23, 2012

Edmonton veterans participate in a national digital archive initiative

Edmonton – 23 May – Local Second World War and Korean War veterans gathered today to participate in a nation-wide oral history project. The Memory Project archive is travelling across Canada to preserve a legacy of Canadian service and sacrifice. Interviews continue tomorrow, May 24 from 9:00 to 1:00.

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.” The Memory Project team has already travelled to Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, and British Columbia to create a legacy of 516 “Forgotten War” testimonials - one for every fallen Canadian from that conflict.

“We are honoured to be in Alberta to capture the experiences of Second World War veterans and Korean War veterans from this region,” 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 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.

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. Visit www.historica-dominion.ca.

 

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For more information:                                                             

Alex Herd, PhD                                                                             
Project Manager                                                                             
416-506-1867 x 240, 647-274-6507                                                   
aherd@historica-dominion.ca
         

                                                

Davida Aronovitch
Communications Manager
416-506-1867 x 222, 416-460-3284
daronovitch@historica-dominion.ca