The Wetaskiwin and District Heritage Museum has a good collection of names and stories of local veterans who served in World War I and/or World War II. These records are kept on display year round to recognize and honour these individuals. This upcoming November, we hope to add to this collection with the names and stories of peacekeepers and aboriginal veterans. As there is currently a limited available record of either of these groups, the museum is seeking the help of the community.
Museum assistant and programs coordinator Megan Patterson notes:
“Recording the history of our veterans is not simply our responsibility, but it is our privilege to share their stories and remember our triumphs and tribulations as a nation and a community.”
We are asking for those who have served as peacekeepers, those who have served at any point in history and are of First Nations descent, or those who know of family members or friends who fit one or both of these categories to contact us at 780-352-0227 so that we may add their story to our collection and share it as part of our heritage.
We also hope to include speakers from these two distinct groups within our event on Nov. 7 to represent their contributions and demonstrate their undying commitment to Canada. If you are interested in making a short presentation at our Remembrance event, please contact the museum at your earliest convenience. Thank you!