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Monday, November 5, 2018

Veterans Honoured In Walkerton

Walkerton | by Robyn Garvey  

The legion has a 3,000 square foot exhibit that also honours Walkerton veterans.

The Walkerton Royal Canadian Legion Branch 102 is presenting its 18th Annual Honour a Hero Display.

Honour a Hero is a 3000 square foot exhibit of Canadian Military artifacts from the War of 1812 to present day Afghanistan.

The Honour a Hero exhibit has six stations of information on Walkerton men that include those that paid the supreme sacrifice, those decorated with medals from the Victory Cross, Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Medal and others.

Artifacts include: uniforms, helmets, gas masks, photos, Walkerton Telescope newspaper articles from 1914 to 1919, personal stories, postcards, badges, 160th Bruce Battalion artifacts and battalion history for all to view.

Founder Clarence Kieffer says the interactive component of the exhibit helps bring history to life.

Youth can try on military uniforms, use an old telegraph machine, try out a landmine system detector they can set off and look through an authentic World War I telescope.

This is a particularly important year for the exhibit as it marks the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War I.

To mark the occasion there are approximately 50 new artifacts with a photo of Camp Borden 1916, badges, 100th Anniversary Military plate, articles highlighting the Boer War 1899 to 1902 and many other artifacts.

With more than 30 thousand items, Founder Clarence Kieffer believes this is one of the largest private collections of its kind in the Province.

For Kieffer the Honour a Hero exhibit is all about paying tribute to those who made the supreme sacrifice in all wars as well as to commemorate all the men and women who currently serve or have served at home or abroad.

He says education is another key component along the preservation of our military history.

Kieffer encourages young and old alike to drop by the Walkerton Legion this week and take in the Honour a Hero display.

Admission is free, donations will be accepted.

Display Hours are:

Monday Nov 5th to Thurs Nov 8th from 9 am till 5 pm,

Friday November 9th from 9 am until 8 pm,

Saturday November 10th from 10 am - 4pm

Sunday November 11th, from noon till 4 pm.


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