By the Canadian War Museum Communications Team –
Representing 22 schools across Canada, 200 students and teachers who have raised money for the Canadian War Museum’s Operation Veteran program came to Ottawa for a special Remembrance Day visit. On the morning of November 11, the students met with Operation Veteran founder Dr. Paul Kavanagh at the Fairmont Château Laurier hotel, visited the National War Memorial to pay their respects during the ceremony, and then toured the Canadian War Museum and met with veterans.
The funds raised through Operation Veteran allow the Museum to offer complimentary meals to all Canadian veterans visiting the Museum, while increasing young peoples’ awareness of our country’s military history and strengthening their appreciation for veterans. To date, the Museum has provided more than 15,000 complimentary meals and has engaged with thousands of students in every province and territory.
“We are proud of the role we play in building bridges between generations, through positive programs that actively engage students and honour veterans,” said Mark O’Neill, President and CEO of the Canadian War Museum and the Canadian Museum of History.
“The enduring interest in Operation Veteran is a testament to the respect that Canadians of all ages continue to hold for those who have served their country.”
“Operation Veteran is an important program that engages new generations in their military history,” said Paul Kavanagh. “I am so pleased to continue to support this program and to see how it has grown since 2009.”
In addition to bringing students to Ottawa and to the War Museum, Operation Veteran continues to support Supply Line, an initiative that lends First World War Discovery Boxes to schools across Canada, free of charge. These learning kits, developed by the Museum, contain authentic and reproduction artifacts related to Canadian military history, along with other resources teachers can use to lead engaging hands-on activities and lessons.
Supply Line has become the most successful educational program in the Museum’s history, with more than 1,400 loans since the program was launched in 2014. Teachers can request a kit through warmuseum.ca/supplyline.
For more information on Operation Veteran, visit warmuseum.ca/ov.
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