11/11/2011 07:05 EST | Updated 01/11/2012 05:12 EST

Remembering With Witnesses to Our History


An Ontario pilot taken prisoner of war at Buchenwald, an Albertan nursing sister in the North African campaign of the Second World War, a Manitoban soldier who stormed Juno Beach on D-Day, and a B.C. corporal who saw his regiment near annihilated at Hill 355 during the Korean War...

Each of these men and women took up the call to serve for Canada in war time. Each bore witness to our history. And each one came home to tell their story.

With fewer than 150,000 of 1.1 million Second World War veterans and only about 10,000 Korean War veterans remaining in Canada, now is the time for us to listen and learn from their experiences and to preserve them for future generations. Their testimonials give us an intimate, individual perspective on defining moments in our history.

In order to create a legacy of service experience, The Memory Project has recorded more than 2,500 Second World War veteran testimonials and nearly 200 Korean War testimonials since 2009. These stories are shared with all Canadians at

This Remembrance Day, we ask Canadians take time to listen to the voices of veterans who experienced history first-hand, like Allan Smith, Betty Dimock, Francis Goodon and Gary Williams. Their stories and sacrifices must never be forgotten.