War museum opens doors in leadup to Nov. 11
Tim Wieclawski/metro ottawa
A weeklong segue towards a Remembrance Day that’s rife with added meaning this year began at Ottawa’s Canadian War Museum yesterday.
The museum opened a schedule of special activities that will honour Canada’s military history and the soldiers that continue to serve in Afghanistan, with a recording of a special episode of the popular series ‘Afghanada.’
More than 500 fans watched a rehearsal and taping yesterday of the fictional radio drama that follows the adventures of Canadian soldiers in Kandahar, to be aired Nov. 11.
Audience member Michele White said she’s listened every Friday to the show since stumbling across one of the early episodes on her radio dial. White, whose husband Derrick served in the military, said the show gives insight into real events happening in Afghanistan, even though the action and characters are fictional.
Museum spokesman Pierre Leduc said the radio show was a nice tie-in with the ongoing ‘Afghanistan, A Glimpse of War’ exhibit, which has proven more popular than the museum expected, and has recently been extended.
The high-profile role Canadians are playing overseas has brought a new cross-section of people to the museum with questions about Canada’s military history, he said.
"Today’s generation will be able to appreciate it more because they grew up watching it on the news, as opposed to the Second World War or the Korean War."
All this week, tables and supplies will be set up at the museum where people can sign a banner and make Christmas cards and poppy wreaths, to send to soldiers stationed in Afghanistan over the holidays.
Veterans Week events will culminate on Friday evening with a concert from the Central Band of the Canadian Forces at the museum.