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WWI remembered at Community Museum

by Gwen McMullen

St. John’s Parish Hall was at full capacity as Christ Church Community Museum commemorated the 100th anniversary of WWI.

Lakefield’s Sandy McCracken, dressed as a Red Cross nurse, delivered a presentation that kept the audience rapt as she showed several battle sites and cemeteries that she visited while in Europe. They are well-kept as memorials to those who lost their lives during WWI.

Several people brought carefully kept memorabilia from WWI and told about its significance. Garnet Graham brought his father, Alex’s, army helmet, kit bag, hat, ID bracelet and pay packet where a list was kept of his pay.

Don Van Halteren from Lindsay accompanied the audience on the accordion as they sang songs that were popular during that era like I’m always Chasing Rainbows and Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag.

Many of CCCM’s volunteer guides prepared and served a delicious chicken dinner. The centrepieces contained miniature flags showing the Union Jack, veterans medals and various war memorials.

Almost $1,700 was raised at this event. This will go toward putting a new roof on the 1853 stone church on Queen Street.

The CCCM committee is busily getting ready for the 2014 summer season when the museum is open from 1.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. every day from July 1 to Labour Day Monday. For further information you may contact Gwen McMullen 705-652-3024.

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