For two years now, all of Canada has started a period of remembrance regarding the First World War or the Great War as well as the Second World War which is in fact an extension of the Great War. From there, we looked at the history of our locality and we were convinced that we could not past by this upsurge of commemoration. In fact, sons and daughters of Coaticook have participated in the two World Wars. Whether it was in the battlefields or by supporting our troops many became our heroes.
It certainly had an impact on their lives, on the lives of their families and even on the entire local community. Furthermore, some sectors such as farming and industries saw growth during these world conflicts. It was the same for social life where progress became irreversible. Additionally, the image and evolution of women’s conditions as well as the spirit of solidarity shown during these difficult times has been continuous until today. The cultural sector was not left out and has played its part through these World Wars and continues to do so.
All this history, whose importance is certainly well recognized, has not been conjured sufficiently. It was more than judicious to reconstruct and diffuse this history. The Beaulne Museum partnered with the Historical Society of Coaticook and the Canadian Legion (district 26).
This exhibition is accompanied by a book, a video of testimonies as well as a virtual version on the Museum’s website.
We are grateful to Heritage Canada for its financial support via its World War Commemorations Community Fund. We also extend our thanks to Geo. Sheard Fabrics Ltd. for their sponsorship grant.
Inauguration Sunday the 17th of April at 2 p.m.