25 July 2010

A Handful of Updates

Kingston - On Saturday July 17 the Kingston branch of the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service unveiled a limestone memorial in Navy Park, next to the Marine Museum, marking the 100th year of the senior service and Kingston's contribution to it. At the same ceremony, the local branch of the turned the park back over to the city after owning it for seven years, saying there were too few of them and they were too old to continue looking after it.
Ottawa - According to a July 19th report on the CBC Canon Frederick G. Scott's medals have been acquired by the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. (Jeffrey Hoare Auctions)

The CBC report noted that the Canadian War Museum has bought the medals of Canon Frederick G. Scott, a First World War chaplain and poet, for $28,000.

Jeffrey Hoare Auctions Inc., an auction house that specializes in military memorabilia, sold a set of 10 medals belonging to the war hero last Friday in St. Catharines, Ont.
Among the medals are the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George and the Distinguished Service Order.

Lt.-Col. Scott was senior chaplain with the 1st Canadian Infantry Division, but he could not be kept safely in the rear while men were in the trenches. Instead he insisted on being in the thick of the action at Ypres, the Somme, Vimy Ridge and the Battle of Arras.

The Anglican priest was mentioned four times in dispatches, according to the Ottawa-based war museum. He was wounded in 1918 and sent to England to recover. He died in 1944 at age 83.

Ottawa — On June 3 the Canadian War Museum (CWM) accepted the donation of a Vindicator II Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) from Meggitt Training Systems Canada.

According to the Museum’s press release “The Vindicator II was designed in Canada for Canadian use and export as a training system for low-level anti-aircraft defence. It is also used as an introductory trainer for the larger CU-161 Sperwer UAV, currently in use by the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan. The artefact is an important example of Canadian engineering, and it reflects the history, development and evolution of the Canadian defence industry. The Vindicator II UAV will be displayed in the Museum’s LeBreton Gallery.”

Golden BC - Reporter Carrie White writing in the Golden Star in Golden BC noted that “the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #122 in Golden is taking steps to ensure that they can continue to honour Canada’s veterans and serve local members and the community for another 80 years.

The project includes a partnership with the Golden and District Historical Society (GDHS) to preserve local military history and artefacts. According to the director of the project “The team has been using approved archival methods, assigning, cataloguing and archiving historical artefacts and memorabilia for the Legion and the community.”

Society - The International Military Music Society (IMMS) was founded in 1977 and is a worldwide organization for people who direct, play in, are associated with or are simply interested in and enjoy military bands, their music and history.
According to the organization`s website the objectives of the IMMS
· The encouraging of interest in all areas of military music (brass, concert, tattoos, symphonic, pipes, percussion, ensembles, etc.) of the world including published music, recordings, history, traditions, instrumentation and uniforms.
· The promotion of research in those areas.
· To provide world-wide means of communication between members interested in those aspects and studies and to exchange information.
The IMMS unites not only friends, for which military music is a hobby, but also those who are professionally involved, such as conductors, musicians and composers.

Kelowna BC - Jennifer Smith writing in the Kelowna Capital News wrote on July 22 that the Okanagan Military Museum, the British Columbia Dragoons and the Whizbang Veterans Association are hoping to have at least a handful of Okanagan artists interested in painting a mural on the wall of Memorial Arena to celebrate the Dragoon’s centennial in 2011.

“What we’re looking for is a legacy project for the B.C. Dragoons centennial that will leave a lasting memorial for the community of the centennial,” said Paul Seguna, mural committee member and Vernon-based museum director.


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