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First World War Centenary

August 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War — a pivotal event in our history. The Dominions of Canada and Newfoundland sacrificed and contributed to the war effort in ways too often forgotten. Through their actions, a generation of Canadians established our nation as an independent force on the international scene.

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Your support for the work of the Canadian War Museum will ensure that the story of our military past is preserved and shared, now and for generations to come.

The Canadian War Museum is Canada’s national museum of military history and is tasked with a single overriding objective: to help all Canadians understand our country’s military history in its personal, national and international dimensions.

With your support, the Museum can set new standards of excellence for how we preserve and share the stories and memories of our military history through exhibitions, collections, research, education and outreach.

Areas in Need of Support

These areas of Museum activity are in need of your support:

  • First World War Centenary
  • Education and Outreach
  • Collections (Acquisition and Restoration)
  • Research
  • Exhibitions

First World War Centenary

August 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War — a pivotal event in our history. The Dominions of Canada and Newfoundland sacrificed and contributed to the war effort in ways too often forgotten. Through their actions, a generation of Canadians established our nation as an independent force on the international scene.

Ypres, The Somme, Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele and are now synonymous with Canadian spirit and sacrifice. In the absence of those who served bravely at the front or at home, we at the Canadian War Museum recognize our responsibility as stewards and guardians of the many stories lived by ordinary and extraordinary Canadians.

As the only museum in the country that provides a national narrative of how war shaped Canada from 5,000 years ago to the present day, the Canadian War Museum has the important responsibility to develop innovative projects of lasting cultural value — exhibitions, public programs, educational initiatives, publications and outreach activities — both independently and in collaboration with a national network of cultural, government and corporate partners. We will connect Canadians to their history and reflect this personal connection in all aspects of the Museum experience.

The impact of the centenary will enhance and strengthen knowledge of our shared history, answering the questions: How has the First World War affected each of our lives? How has it shaped the development of the country? And how has it helped shape Canada’s role in world affairs? The exhibitions, programs and activities we develop will help Canadians of all ages gain a new appreciation of this significant period in the life of our country.

Make a donation today in support of the Museum’s First World War Centenary projects.

Official Centenary Partners

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John and Pattie Cleghorn and Family

H.Col (Ret’d) John C. Eaton, O.Ont., K.St.J., D.Com. and H.Col Sally Horsfall Eaton, S.S.St.J., C.D., R.N., LL.D.

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