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Lest We Forget
Rideau Canal Museum
Smiths Falls , Ontario

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   The Lest We Forget Project
is a community-based program
that researches the lives of
soldiers whose names are
found on cenotaphs across
Canada. Smiths Falls high
school students created this
museum display after
collecting names inscribed on
their local cenotaph and

completing primary research
through Library and Archives
Canada. As part of the final
component of the research,
the students traveled to
Europe to visit the
cemeteries where these
soldiers are buried to take
digital images and to
complete a grave rubbing. The

result is a collection of
images and text that tell the
story of the spirit of youth
and the tragedy of war. The
project serves as a template
and inspiration to other
communities with cenotaphs
across Canada that may want
to duplicate the process.

   
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