“From Vimy to Juno” is a travelling exhibition, which has educated people across Canada about our country’s role in the first and second world wars. The next stop for the exhibition will be close to home, as the community of Saltcoats is preparing to host the exhibition in September and October, thanks to the Saltcoats Historical Society.
The exhibition includes the personal stories of men who experienced the two wars firsthand, including Major John Archibald MacNaughton, who fought in the 104th Battalion in the first World War and enlisted again at the age of 42 at the outbreak of the Second World War.
The community of Saltcoats is proud to be hosting the exhibition at the Saltcoats Community Hall, and has planned events to commemorate the beginning and end of the exhibition.
The grand opening will be on Sept. 16, at 1:00 p.m. at the cenotaph in Saltcoats, explained Jim McCallum. They will then move to the Saltcoats Community Hall to officially open the exhibition. The Yorkton Legion will be assisting with the grand opening ceremony.
At the end of the exhibition’s time in town, there will be an official closing ceremony. On Oct. 14 at 2:00 p.m., at the Saltcoats Community Hall, the official closing ceremony will take place, followed by a concert by the Side by Side Quartet called Lest We Forget, featuring songs from the war years.
Between those two dates, people can visit the exhibition from Monday to Thursday. McCallum notes that many schools have already scheduled a tour, and they have received the support of Legions throughout the area.
“We feel very, very proud to have it.”