VEDay75 – Commemorate Canada’s Finest Hour Digitally!

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May 8, 2020 is the 75th Anniversary
of the Victory in Europe.

Seventy-five years ago, three young Canadians were in Holland when World War Two ended …

Mona Louise Parsons
An actress, a nurse, and a member of the Dutch Resistance, Mona¬†Louise Parsons¬†of Middleton, Nova Scotia was imprisoned¬†and became one of the first and only woman to be tried by a National Socialist¬†tribunal in Holland. Sentenced to death, she escaped …
Charles ‚ÄúCharlie‚ÄĚ Byce¬†grew up the son of a First World War hero and a woman from the Cree First Nations. He survived the residential school system and fought for Canada in World War Two with bravery. He risked his life many times to ensure the safety of his men earning a Distinguished Conduct Medal and a Military Medal, but …
Philip Pochailo
Born in Rainy River, Ontario,¬†Philip Pochailo¬†was 21 years old when he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was shot down over the Netherlands, hidden by many Dutch families and members of the Resistance,¬†only to …
DO YOU WANT TO KNOW THE REST OF THEIR STORIES?

This year,¬†Defining Moments Canada¬†returns with an exciting digital commemoration for VEDay ‚ÄstVEDay75 ‚ÄĒ Normandy to Netherlands!

Learn about these three iconic Canadians, plus the inspiring stories of many more Canadian Veterans from 11 months of battle ‚ÄĒ July 1944 to May 1945¬†‚ÄĒ along the ‚Äėroad‚Äô to liberating the Netherlands through occupied Europe.

Complete with¬†four original lesson plans, innovative¬†digital story-maps¬†and¬†tools¬†from¬†Project44.ca, dozens of rarely-seen¬†images,¬†maps,¬†letters¬†and¬†war diaries,¬†VEDay75 ‚ÄĒ Normandy to Netherlands¬†is an entirely bilingual project that engages students (ages 12-18) in digital curation and interactive mapping skills.

Start your class commemoration May 1, 2020 at DefiningMomentsCanada.ca

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