Second World War veterans gather in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu to preserve their stories

January 29, 2010

The Memory Project: Stories of the Second World War holds a special luncheon event for local veterans to participate in a new national digital archive initiative.

Friday, January 29, 2010 – Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu - Local Second World War veterans gathered today at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch # 79 in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu to participate in a new nation-wide oral history project.

The Memory Project: Stories of the Second World War is creating an unprecedented 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 is providing 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.

“There is a rich military history in these communities and we are proud to have the opportunity to record the stories of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu’s veterans for this project,” said Project Manager, Jenna Misener. “Our aim is to preserve the experiences of these veterans and make them available to all Canadians, 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.


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For more information:

Jenna Misener
Project Manager
cell phone: (416) 576-4052
jmisener@historica-dominion.ca