The origins of the Community Remembrance Project go back to Parry Sound High School's 2012 trip to the 95th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in France. Students and staff came back feeling the importance of remembrance like never before and wanted to spread that feeling to the local community.
To achieve this goal a partnership between Parry Sound High School and the Museum on Tower Hill was struck with the purpose of actively engaging the community in a meaningful act of Remembrance.
Community members are asked to bring stories and memorabilia to the Museum. The information will be used to preserve valuable information about local citizens who served in WWII by creating a permanent archive of photographs, documents, and artifacts to be stored in the Museum on Tower Hill Materials hall. Artifacts can be brought in anytime during the museum's regular hours. The material can be donated, loaned, or copied by the museum.
A particular focus of the project will be to find more information on local soldiers who were killed during WWII and are listed on the Parry Sound cenotaph and/or the Algonquin Regiment memorial. The Museum has created a special remembrance exhibit to coincide with this project.
The exhibit will run until the December 21, 2013. It is intended to create an interest in WWII and Remembrance and to encourage people to bring in any information they may have on local veterans.
The museum will have a second exhibit in the spring in recognition of the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. The exhibit will feature much of the material collected this November, the research of the students going on the trip to Europe, and a live twitter feed of the students while they are in Europe.