WWI 100th Anniversary Ceremony
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.
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
Surviving British Home Child and Second World War veteran serving in the Queen's Own Rifles
Honourary Lieutenant Colonel of the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders
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
Secretary Treasurer of the BHCARA
Regional Director, Innisfil, BHCARA
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
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.