Remembrance Day at Centennial Hall

Manager Maya poses with the display before heading back outside for the ceremony at the Cenotaph.  November 11, 2015

Remembrance Day, and the days leading up to and following it, is probably the busiest time for us.  You'll find us attending events locally and outside the region, giving talks, offering outreach and tours.  Of course, we do this year-round.  Remembrance, for us, isn't simply a day in November, nor a few timely events linked to anniversaries, but it is for many others, and we understand that.

Yesterday was Remembrance Day and as usual, we were busy.  Manager Maya and Volunteer Bethany set up the booth early at the Remember November 11 Association's reception and luncheon, held annually at Centennial Hall.  They headed to the ceremony at the Cenotaph, and then promptly when it ended, trotted back up the street to meet and greet visitors to the reception.  They met many people, civilians, veterans, cadets, enlisted, and talked about the our role in preserving the history of Canadians on radar.

One particular moment stood out amongst all the conversations and faces.  A veteran of the Second World War strode up to the table and presented his tie, which had a pattern of De Havilland Mosquitoes on it, explained he used to fly them.  Then he said something quite unique.

"I want to thank you."  His jocular manner became more serious.  "I want to thank you, your folks, for bringing me home.  I used to fly Pathfinders.  More than once we had nothing but radar to get us home again.  Without it... well.  Thank you."

At Radar, we usually do the thanking.  Thanking veterans for their service.  Thanking visitors for their donations.  Thanking volunteers for their time.  Yesterday, on behalf of all our radar operators and mechanics, we received the thanks of one grateful bomber crewman.  It was deeply touching and came as such a surprise, Manager Maya completely forgot to get his name or a photograph.

So, to the mystery Mosquito veteran, thank YOU for making our day.  And if you happen to see this post, please tell us your name.

Secrets & Mysteries Summer Day Camp!

We're thrilled to announce that we'll be running Summer Day Camp in August, 2014!

Our camp has been developed to focus on science and nature, and highlighting the creative and experimental exploration of the world around us.  It is this same spirit of experimentation in early radio and television that led to the invention of radar prior to WWII, and which continued through the 20th century to become part of our daily lives.

We have two week-long sessions for your inquisitive kids, aged 10-14: August 4-8, and August 11-15, from 8:30AM to 4:30PM. 

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