Saturday, September 11, 2010

Canada - How Will You Remember? 11 November 2010

Our Boys in Flanders. In and Around Sadly Shelled Nieuport. Unused postcard; black & white. From the back: Issued by the Y.M.C.A. Hut Fund. To provide Comforts, Shelter and Recreation for our soldiers. Collect the full series of 312 cards, they form a historical collection.

In 2009, Veterans Affairs Canada sponsored 'How Will You Remember' as part of its Veterans' Week activities. challenging people to use the historical photographs and videos available free on the Veterans Affairs website to create webpages, mashups, fan pages, etc. to commemorate those who've served Canada in the military, then to share those on-line and, as well, to link them to the Veterans Affairs website.

This year, I want to encourage more commemoration of British Columbians' military and peacekeeping contributions.

If you create a public British Columbia related web page, photographic blog post, or website, or post your family's British Columbia military related photographs on Flickr, etc. before Remembrance Day 2010, and if you advise me by commenting on this post or by e-mailing me a short description and the web link, you'll be entered in a random draw for a prize of $50 (Canadian).

You should also submit your link to the Veterans Affairs Remembrance Feed, and, if you can, tag your site, post, etc. with one of Veteran's Affairs suggested tags in the official poppy cloud below.

More contest conditions:

- All entries must relate in some way to British Columbians' military or peace keeping service. (So someone might be born in BC, or have lived or died in BC, and not necessarily served in the Canadian forces.)
- This contest is for individuals, not for government, academic, or professionally produced websites, although I will be happy to help promote those.
- You should be willing to have your entries archived on-line in some appropriate way.

This is the first time I've done this, but I hope the contest will be an annual one.

Useful web links:

How Will You Remember, Veterans Affairs Canada:

Veterans Affairs Canada offers a number of free photograph and video collections on its site:

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has military related research guides, information and photographs, etc. Some LAC photographs can be used with credit to LAC. Check the descriptions for more information.
Military and Peace Keeping collections, LAC:
Researching Military Topics, Canadian Genealogy Centre, LAC:

The Canadian War Museum's on-line exhibitions:

Poppy Tag Cloud, courtesy Veterans Affairs Canada.

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