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WWI 100th Anniversary Ceremony

World War I 100th

On the event of the 100th anniversary of the First World War, a special commemorative ceremony will take place on July 28th, honouring those British Home Children who served or perished on the battlefields. Following the ceremony, join us for the opening of the exhibition Breaking the Silence: Stories of the British Home Children, 1869-1948. 


Speakers include:

Don Cherry
CBC Commentator for Hockey Night in Canada
Descendant of British Home Child Richard Palamountain, 
serving with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in the First World War

George Beardshaw
Surviving British Home Child and Second World War veteran serving in the Queen's Own Rifles

Jim Brownell
Honourary Lieutenant Colonel of the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders

Lori Oschefski
Founder and CEO of the British Home Children Advocacy & Research Association (BHCARA)


The York Regional  Police Male Chorus

The Ceremonial Unit of Commissionaires, Great Lakes

Colour Guard provided by Cadets from Camp Borden

Pipers from the White Heather Pipes and Drums

Top First World War Military Collector Carl Black

Presentations include:

Glenna Smith-Walkden
Secretary Treasurer of the BHCARA

Karen Mahoney
Regional Director, Innisfil, BHCARA

Sandra Joyce
Executive Director Canada, BHCARA, Author of "The Street Arab" and soon to be released "Belonging"


Dedication of the BHC Roll of Honour Plaque

Marjorie Kohli, Author of "The Golden Bridge: Young Immigrants to Canada, 1833 - 1939"

 Unveiling of the BHC Roll of Honour Plaque

Lori Oschefski and Jennifer Layne, Head Researcher of the BHC First World War Project


Ceremony begins at 9:50 a.m.
For tickets to the ceremony please call: 416-667-6295 


Breaking the Silence:
Stories of the British Home Children, 1869-1948 

Breaking the Silence: Stories of the British Home Children

Following the ceremony at 2:00 pm, there will be an official opening and celebration of the exhibit, Breaking the Silence: Stories of the British Home Children, 1869-1948. Featuring photographs, family stories and artifacts, the exhibit chronicles the experiences of Home Children in Canada with a special section dedicated to their contributions to the First World War. Objects of note include signal flags once used by Home Child Arthur Clarkson and a set of diaries kept by Joseph Treend in which he documents his efforts to reunite with lost family.   

This exhibit was created by Black Creek Pioneer Village in partnership with the British Home Children Advocacy and Research Association.