By Alec Connor, Co-op Student with the Guard –
In anticipation of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, the Canadian War Museum is launching a campaign featuring 100 social media posts over a period of 100 days. From August 8 to November 11, 2018, the War Museum will post a compilation of photos and stories from the period now known as the Hundred Days campaign. During this period, Canada fought as a part of a larger Allied effort that concluded in final victory.
“For the past four years, we have been exploring the history of the First World War from a variety of perspectives,” said Caroline Dromaguet, Acting Director General of the Canadian War Museum.
“The Hundred Days social media campaign is another way to connect people to that history. It offers a deeper look at the Canadian resourcefulness and determination that was crucial to the Allied victory in the second half of 1918.”
The Hundred Days campaign was the final Campaign on the Western Front, pushing the enemy out of France, featuring millions of soldiers and resulting in a historic breakthrough.
The awareness campaign features the voices of Canadian heroes such as General Sir Arthur Currie and many Victoria Cross recipients, along with insights from the letters and reminisces of Canada’s common soldiers, displayed through mediums such as letters.
The campaign is also occurring around the same time as two special events hosted by the War Museum. The first was a special lecture “Canada at War, 1918”, featuring some of Canada’s foremost war historians, Jack Granatstien and Tim Cook, taking place on August 8, 2018. After the campaign is over, the Museum will be host to their special exhibition “Victory 1918 – The Last 100 Days”, featuring a variety of artifacts, film, and photos that highlight Canada’s important contribution to the war.
More details about the exhibition and related projects can be found here.
Photo: Courtesy of Canadian War Museum
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