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Keynote Speaker

Tim Cook, author and WWI historian, Canadian War Museum, Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University, and a former director for Canada’s History Society, was keynote speaker at dinner on Saturday, May 17, and the Wardroom (Officers Mess), CFB Halifax. 

Sgt. Phillip Safire, Canadian Armed Forces, a relative of William Hall, who was the first Black person in Canada, first Canadian sailor and first Nova Scotian to be awarded the Victoria Cross.

Dr. Don Julien, Executive Director, Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq (CMM), member Aboriginal War Veterans Association.

Peter Broznitsky, Chair, Western Front Association (Pacific Coast Branch-Canada/USA).

Brian Osborne, Professor Emeritus, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, author and co-researcher, Centennial of the Great War (WWI) Survey Project (2012). 

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A Symposium on the First World War: Remembrance, Commemoration and Perspectives in the 21st Century, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, NS, May 15-17, 2014

The First World War (1914-1918), referred to by many as the Great War, involved over fifty countries from around the world. Over 16 million lives (military and civilian) are believed lost during this dark period of history. It marked the first use of chemical weapons, the first mass bombardment of civilians from the sky, and the century’s first genocide (Winter & Baggett, 1996). Many families in Canada were personally touched by this catastrophic global event that re-shaped the world, as we know it today. During 2014-2018, we will mark the Centenary of WWI. 

To help ensure this part of our heritage is never forgotten, and to remember and commemorate the Centenary of the First World War, the World Heritage Tourism Research Network at Mount Saint Vincent University hosted a 2-day national event on May 15-17, 2014, which brought together a wide range of stakeholder groups from across Canada, both academic and non-academic, including representatives from government, academia, industry, military, youth and the general public, to reflect upon and discuss the importance of remembering and preserving this part of our heritage for future generations to come. 

Halifax was an ideal site to host this event. It was a strategic naval port during WWI. With the exception of the 1st Canadian Contingent, which departed from Quebec City, all convoys carrying Canadian troops overseas departed from Halifax. And of course, we cannot forget the Halifax Explosion during the wartime effort, a tragedy which devastated Halifax, killing an estimated 2,000, wounding thousands more, and bringing the experience of the “Great War” war home to this city and to Canada.


Special Guest Performance by singer and songwriter, Terry Kelly

Terry Kelly’s enthusiasm for life and sheer determination have gained him international recognition as an accomplished athlete; an award-winning singer, songwriter, and entertainer; a professional speaker; and a lover of life.

As a musician this Newfoundland native has released seven full-length recordings, resulting in seven East Coast Music Awards and nominations for four Canadian Country Music Awards and a JUNO. Terry has shared the stage with Symphony Orchestras, and has performed his original music in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and for the troops in Afghanistan. 

Terry Kelly is most recognized for his inspirational song, ‘A Pittance of Time’ - his contribution to further the remembering and commemorating of our veterans, peacekeepers, and the heroes at home (families). Terry’s affinity to the military was established at an early age while attending the Halifax School for the Blind (Primary to grade 12) - his surrogate parents during his annual nine month time away from home were retired service personnel!

Terry’s most recent full-length recording, ‘Always There’, is an extension to his ‘A Pittance of Time’ sentiment! “The collection of music in this project sings of how things were, how things are, how they could be, and how some things never change regardless of the learning opportunities placed right before the eyes of humankind”, said Kelly.

In tribute to all those who serve and have served, Kelly performed several tracks from his album "Always There" during dinner at the Wardroom (Officers Mess), CFB Halifax, on Saturday evening, May 17, 2014.  A great performance!

For more about Terry Kelly, visit his official website at: www.Terry-Kelly.com.

Georgia O'Keeffe, "Red Poppy", 1927

The significance of the poppy as a lasting memorial symbol to the fallen was realised by the Canadian surgeon John McCrae in his poem In Flanders Fields. The poppy came to represent the immeasurable sacrifice made by his comrades and quickly became a lasting memorial to those who died in World War One and later conflicts  (BBC, 2014).