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.
Operation Veteran was founded in 2009 by Dr. Paul Kavanagh, in association with the Canadian War Museum, to honour and raise awareness of veterans and their sacrifices.
Thanks to contributions from generous private donors and many schools across Canada, each veteran visiting the Museum can receive a coupon valued at $11, which can be exchanged for refreshments or a meal in the Café, the Museum’s cafeteria. Since the creation of Operation Veteran, more than 10,000 veterans have benefitted from the program.
Educating young people about Canada’s debt to veterans through better understanding of our history is a critical element of Operation Veteran. To that end, your donation will also support the Museum’s Supply Line program. Through Supply Line, teachers across Canada can arrange to borrow a First World War Discovery Box. Each box contains authentic and reproduction items such as barbed wire and steel helmets, as well as lesson plans and background documents for teachers. The boxes are intended to promote active classroom learning and discussion, and give students in Grades 4 to 12 a tangible way to imagine what life was like for Canadians during the First World War.
By supporting Operation Veteran, you help us honour veterans, raise awareness of their sacrifices and preserve Canada’s military history.
Support the Operation Veteran program today.
If you wish to make a donation online, you can do so using your credit card:
Or you can print and complete this donation form (PDF) and return it to us by mail or fax.
To learn more about Operation Veteran, its story and its impact, please click here. (PDF file, 792 Kb)
Dr. Paul Kavanagh, with son Darragh and a veteran.
Brookfield High School students take a closer look at a soldier’s cap from a First World War Discovery Box.