Feds plan six years of world war memorials

Mark O'Neill, CEO of the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corp., shows Heritage Minister Shelly...

Mark O'Neill, CEO of the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corp., shows Heritage Minister Shelly Glover some First World War artifacts at the Canadian War Museum on Monday, January 13, 2014 after Glover announced her government's plans to commemorate anniversaries of both world wars. (David Akin/QMI Agency)

David Akin, Parliamentary Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 7:17 PM ET

OTTAWA — The Royal Canadian Mint will begin selling a special silver dollar Tuesday, the first in a six-year series of government-wide commemorations associated with anniversaries of both world wars.

With travelling orchestras, special online exhibitions and museum exhibitions, the federal government has a dozens of events planned to commemorate the centennial of the 1914-18 Great War, as it was called by its contemporaries, as well as the 75th anniversary of the 1939-45 Second World War.

Both commemorations will run from this year right through to 2020.

"It's important that Canadians understand their history," Heritage Minister Shelly Glover said Monday.

The highlight this year will be the re-dedication of the National War Memorial in Ottawa in August.

The federal government also plans to unveil a new war memorial along the Cape Breton Trail in Nova Scotia.

 


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