Winspear Centre honouring local veterans

New permanent exhibit in the centre gives nod to the past

A new display being unveiled at the Mary Winspear Centre Nov. 11 will stand as a year-round reminder of local veterans who lost their lives and served in times of war and peace.

The centre is already home to the Memorial Fountain which stands out front of the building, but the new exhibit honouring veterans and their families offers a more detailed look into the past.

“It’s a permanent exhibit that honours local veterans,” said the centre’s Development Co-ordinator, Lynn Fanelli. “All the artifacts in the display have been supplied by the ANAVETS Unit 302 and they are going to update the display and rotate artifacts through so there’s always something new.”

In the display there is a collection of war artifacts from the First and Second World Wars that give viewers a glimpse into life during that time. The exhibit also features a large storyboard featuring publications and photos from the early 1900’s up to the end of the Second World War and a list of the fallen who were originally from the Peninsula.

Research for the exhibit was funded by Veterans Affairs Canada and the exhibit was made possible by the artifacts supplied by ANAVETS Unit #302 and the Sidney Museum and Archives.

The official unveiling of the exhibit begins at 9 a.m. Nov. 11 at the Mary Winspear Centre, prior to the Remembrance Day Parade which leaves from in front of the centre before 11 a.m.

For more information on the exhibit visit marywinspear.ca or call 250-656-0275.

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