Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Lives Forever Changed

I paid a visit to the Canadian War Museum earlier in the month, for two reasons. First was to renew my yearly membership here and at the Canadian History Museum, as a membership gets you into both. Second was to attend the temporary exhibit there, as it closes in early September.

Forever Changed tells the story of Canadians impacted by the Second World War, both at home and abroad. It is deeply personal, using artifacts, art, personal items, letters, and the stories of the people themselves. 

One of the first things we see is this display; Polsten anti-aircraft guns are accompanied by other items and displays behind.

They include this fundraising pennant.

Edith Vollrath went to work in wartime industry. Among her jobs were making shells.

This is a model of H.M.C.S. Runnymede, a Canadian warship, with a photograph of her crew beneath. The Runnymede took part in the Battle of the Atlantic.

When Runnymede was launched in 1943, Annie Laing was the guest of honour in the ceremony. This souvenir book and silver plate was given to her. She had eight sons serve in the war. One of them came home with PTSD. Another never made it home.


  1. Suiting post for today (Independence Day of Ukraine).
    Too many people are left traumatized from any war. Yet, do "we" learn...

  2. Many lives are forever changed and have to pay the consequences of wars.

  3. It does feel a bit sad looking through these artefacts from war

  4. Wars should cease, either that or those who start them need to be on the front lines.

  5. Interesting exhibit. Wars are a waste! Take care, have a happy day!

  6. I cannot even imagine how one would cope with having eight sons at war!

  7. @Italiafinlandia: I think so.

    @Iris: we do not.

    @Nancy: true.

    @roentare: it can be.

    @Gemel: a fitting idea.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Tom: definitely.

    @Eileen: thanks.

    @Marie: lots of prayer.

  8. We never seem to learn from the past.

  9. It mustn't be easy to think of new exhibits.

  10. I just read a story in the NY Times about the Winston Churchill portrait that was stolen from the Fairmont Hotel. What a shame. I enjoyed the story of how Karsh took the photo.

  11. Buenos testimonio gráficos, debe de haber de esa contienda, que enfrentó a gran parte de la humanidad.

  12. @RedPat: so it seems.

    @Anvilcloud: I wonder what the next one will be.

    @Sharon: yes, that's certainly made the local news.

    @Ventana: thank you.

    @Red: it was indeed.

  13. Wonderful photos of an excellent tribute to the 'warriors' ~ they deserve it ~

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  14. It's time to get over killing people!

  15. It's interesting, noting how certain things changed, both in terms of the damage suffered by soldiers and the roles played by women that had been done by men in the past. Very interesting exhibit.

  16. It goes on and on and on, mankind will never learn to live without wars, I fear.