October 2, 2009 – Montreal - Local Second World War veterans gathered this morning at L’Hôtel de l’institut in downtown Montreal to participate in a new nation-wide oral history project. St. Leonard-St. Michel riding MP, Massimo Pacetti, was in attendance to deliver greetings to the veterans on behalf of the Government of Canada.
The Memory Project: Stories of the Second World War will create a record of Canada’s participation in the Second World War as seen through the eyes of thousands of men and women who were there. The Historica-Dominion Institute will provide every living Second World War veteran with the opportunity to preserve their memories through recorded interviews and digitized memorabilia. Their stories will be available, in both official languages, at www.thememoryproject.com.
“It’s important for the experiences of French Canadian veterans to be properly represented in this archive,” said Project Manager, Jenna Misener. “Our aim is to preserve the experiences of thousands of veterans and make them available to all Canadians for posterity, ensuring that these important stories of service and sacrifice are never forgotten.”
The Historica-Dominion Institute is a national charitable organization that was launched on September 1st, 2009 through the amalgamation of two existing organizations: The Historica Foundation of Canada and The Dominion Institute.
Its mandate is to build active and informed citizens through a greater knowledge and appreciation of the history, heritage and stories of Canada. Some of its signature programs include: Encounters with Canada, The Memory Project, Passages to Canada and The Canadian Encyclopedia. You are invited to discover the Historica-Dominion Institute at www.historica-dominion.ca.
The Memory Project: Stories of the Second World War is made possible through a contribution from the Government of Canada through the Celebrations and Commemorations Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage.
For more information:
The Memory Project: Stories of the Second World War
(416) 506-1867 x: 222/ cell: (416) 702-3705