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After Remembrance Day, after the war

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Yesterday was Remembrance Day and many of us either watched a service on TV, online, or were able to attend one in person.

For many, this year was particularly emotional because of the recent deaths of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo.

2014 is also the 100-year anniversary of the beginning of what was known as The Great War, the war to end all wars. But of course, we now know it as World War I. Just 20 years later, World War II started. 2014 also marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

It’s not too late to honour Canadian veterans. Next Tuesday, November 18, Geoffrey Hayes, associate professor in history at the University of Waterloo, will be in the Theatre at Central Library sharing stories of Waterloo County’s Great War Military Heritage. The event is free and no registration is required.

This is a busy time of year for our local history librarian Karen-Ball Pyatt. Check out her recent blog posts here, and get updates on the Soldier Card Project, which has been enthusiastically embraced by this community and created with the assistance of dedicated volunteers.

You may also want to take a look at this digital collection of amazing photos of Waterloo County soldiers, including some of the women who trained here in Kitchener at the Canadian Women’s Army Corps, located near where The Aud now stands.

Since WWII, Canada has had military involvement in many places, including Korea, the Persian Gulf, Bosnia, Kosovo,
Rwanda, Afghanistan, and Libya. And we’ve just begun a new engagement in Iraq.

It’s November 12. 364 days until our next outward show of thanks and respect on Remembrance Day. Here are some reading recommendations (with links to our catalogue) for learning more about recent conflicts and the lives of the men and women who served in them, both in Canada and the U.S.

Lest We Forget.

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Author: Charlotte Prong

I'm the Social Media Editor at Kitchener Public Library. Follow us on Twitter @KitchLibrary, on Instagram @kitchenerlibrary, or like our page on Facebook.

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