Sharing Canada's military heritage with younger generations


CALGARY (660 NEWS) – As memories fade, remembering Canada’s war and peacetime contributions can be a challenge.

Valour Canada, a non-profit organization focused on sharing military heritage, is trying to preserve that information and pass it on to younger generations.

“If we don’t teach young people–who will eventually grow up to be decision-makers in the world–about the things and values Canadians fight for, they’re not going to be prepared for their roles in the future,” said President Peter Boyle.

Boyle said they’ve put together a hands-on exhibit to recreate what it was like on the battlefield, simulating events such as the battle of D-Day on Juno Beach.

“We’ve gone to the battlefields in northwest Europe right now and we’ve filmed those battlefields,” said Boyle. “Kids can put a virtual reality headset on and walk on the ground and learn about the experiences of soldiers fighting.”

The Character of our Canadian Military History program (CCMH) also offered by Valour has been featured in several museums in three provinces this year.

While the programs are a success, Boyle admits it’s still a challenge as some educators worry the exhibits glorify war. Boyle stresses the programs are more about building character.

“We talk about the values that those soldiers had whether it’s courage or cooperation or resiliency, the things that they can use in their day to day lives. We’re not glorifying it, we’re trying to teach them what happened and how they can use some of those character traits day-to-day.”

Valour Canada also produces documentaries and vignettes that are available to view on its website.