Creator(s): Rideau Canal Museum
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. The students travelled 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.