- the personal side of military history -
individual and personal experiences of our servicemen and women is an
important aspect of our military heritage. Ultimately all history is
personal as it relates to the experiences of many individuals that make
up the larger event. Whether it is the stories of airmen flying over
WW II Europe, sailors of the Royal Canadian Navy on escort duties on
the North Atlantic, soldiers going ashore at Juno Beach, army nurses
in Holland or closer to our era, the experiences of soldiers fighting
fires around Kelowna, these stories of Okanagan and BC residents bring
our history a closer relevance.
museum strives to collect these stories and present them to the public.
Some of these stories might be of people you know, they could be your
relatives - fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters and grandparents.
museum looks for opportunities to highlight these personal histories.
Some are Okanagan residents who achieved high rank, were decorated or
played important roles in our military history such as Brigadier Angle.
All are worthy of being recorded as they have all made their own personal
contribution to our armed forces and each, in their own way, had a role
to play in events, some of historic proportions, in our history.
and see if there's someone you know in our displays!
special call for biographical information!
museum is interested in the biographies of local residents who
have served in Canada's armed forces. We are especially interested
in biographical information on those listed on Okanagan war
cenotaphs. If you have information on family members who either
served in the military or who are listed on a cenotaph in our
area please contact the museum. We would like to be able to
fill the gaps in our local military history with information
that you may have at home. Photographs, letters and military
documents will help us preserve the historic contribution made
by your family member and allow us to provide a true memorial
to them beyond a name etched in stone or faded photos in a shoebox.
contact the museum at:
250-763-9292 or E-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Canadian Fallen Heroes Foundation
Fallen Heroes Foundation is an organization devoted to remembering Canada's
war dead. The Foundation's aim is to collect photographs and biographical
information on all of Canada's 117,000 war dead and produce a commorative
print honouring each one of them. The goal is to put a face and story
to each name on the local cenotaph in your town or city. The cost of
production of the framed prints is funded by donations fromthe Foundation
sponsors, such as the Western Financial Group and individual donations.
more information go to:
THE CALL - stories of the Canadian men and women
that have made our country's military heritage great!
radio personality Nick Vandergragt has been working for several years
on a personal project motivated by his strong interest in Canada's military
heritage and the Canadian men and women who have built that national
heritage through their service to this country. He has researched and
captured many of their stories with the intent of broadcasting those
stories on radio to inform Canadians of the compelling stories of Canadians
past and present who have served our country in our military past and
who continue to serve Canada today.
of these stories have been included in this website in the Canadian
Naval Centennial webpages and highlight some of the stories of Canadian
naval figures and their adventures and heroic accomplishments during
the first century of the Canadian Navy.
more information on the "Answer the Call" program please visit
Nick's website at: