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Friday, June 3, 2011

Museums Celebrate Veterans

Owen Sound | by Daryl Morris  

Owen Sound Museums unveil new exhibit, host parade and war stories.

The Owen Sound Museums are honouring our war veterans with a new exhibit set to open.

Manager Mary Smith says they'll start things off Friday night with "Songs & Stories."

She says it will be an evening of stories and vignettes about the wars, right from World War I to the Afghanistan war.

Smith says they have speakers who were involved in World War II, the Korean War, and Afghanistan.

There will also be a re-enactment of the War of 1812.

It begins at 7PM at the Central West Side United Church in Owen Sound and admission is a donation.

Saturday is Veterans Commemoration Day, and the Billy Bishop Home & Museum will open its newest exhibit -- "The Lost Boys."

Smith says it will feature local war veterans, and in particular focus on one soldier.

She says the family donated this man's suitcase, which essentially told his whole life story.

The man died serving in World War II.

To open the day, there will be a Veterans Parade at 10:55AM with the Opening Ceremonies at 11.

A BBQ will follow for five dollars per person. Veterans eat free.

Smith hopes the exhibit will eventually travel around the city and be featured at local schools.

The exhibit will be open at the museum until mid-fall.


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