Coming home I found it refreshing our young Canadian adults are generally a positive breed with a great sense of pride. To that end I had the pleasure of meeting and spending time with Matthew Pritchard a young Historian involved with the Windsor Historical Society’s Veterans Memories Projects. See the attached: http://windsorhistoricalsociety.com/our-projects. Only 26, Matthew’s credentials are impressive. He has a B.A. in Education, an M.A. in Canadian History, with an undergraduate concentration in History and a minor in Political Science. Matt knows quite a bit about historical wars including those before his time.
Currently Matt is involved in the Windsor Historical Society Veterans’ Memories Project (“WHS-VMP”). The purpose of the project is two-fold. It is to honour Canadian soldiers currently serving and memorialize those having served. Matt’s biggest challenge with the Project is an expansion program, “The DVD Project”. The WHS has put together a documented DVD featuring military members past and present. Matt wants to bring the DVD to every classroom across Canada. His hope for the project? To educate our children in understanding just what types of sacrifice soldiers make. Matt feels, otherwise our children may not have family members to enlighten them. Matt, himself, had family members that served previously. In particular, he spoke fondly of his Uncle Don. He spoke to the sense of appreciation for all soldier’s respective sacrifices. Matt is an old soul with a sense of pride that far exceeds the viewpoint of most people his age.
The WHS-VMP is independent and holds a Veterans’ Fundraiser Dinner at the Serbian Centre annually on November 11th. The dinner typically attracts 700 to 750 people. The dinner is free for Veterans. The cost of the civilian plate is $15.00. Matt opines its’ actually more of a $25.00 meal. This sounds like a win/win scenario. More so for the general public, however, as Matt said they make nothing on the Fundraiser but if they should they turn it back into the organization for further use. As Matt shared: “it’s more about exposure AND MORE SIGNIFICANTLY, “The main purpose is exposure for Veterans in the form of thanking them for all they have done for their country. I would say the main goal of the dinner is 100 percent to thank those who have served and let them know that Canadians still remember what sacrifices that took.”. Exposure? I can do that! If I can publish this article worldwide on the organization’s behalf you can certainly head on down November 11th 2013 and spend some time with the men and women that kept this country free for us.
All the best to Matt Pritchard and the Windsor Historical Society in their quest to share an excellent DVD and make an impact on our educational system regarding Canada’s military history. Without steadfast historians like Matthew our history would not properly be archived nor nearly as appreciated. To like the Windsor Historical Society’s Veterans’ Memories Project check out their Facebook Page @: https://www.facebook.com/VeteransMemoriesProject.
“History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” – Winston Churchill
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