The King will take off his hat to the Canadians

Oct 24th, 2015 - Feb 7th, 2016

“The King will take off his hat to the Canadians.” C.B. Whyte Diary, May 2, 1915.

2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the Second Battle of Ypres, and the writing of “In Flanders Fields”, by Canadian physician Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae. He was inspired to write it on May 3, 1915, after presiding over the funeral of friend and fellow soldier Alexis Helmer, who died in the Second Battle of Ypres.

The hardships and horrors of the First World War continued to reach Red Deer during its second year. Men from Central Alberta played significant roles in major battles that moved Canada and her soldiers to the forefront. Those injured beyond returning to action began to arrive home, bringing news of their brothers-in-arms that would not be coming home at all.

See RED DEER AND THE GREAT WAR – 1915: The King will take off his hat to the Canadians from October 24, 2015 to February 7, 2016.

The galleries will be open on November 11, 2015, Remembrance Day from 12-4:30pm. Admission is free, donations welcome.

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