WATCH ABOVE: The 100th anniversary of World War 1 is being marked at the Alberta Aviation Museum and the Edmonton Garrison.
EDMONTON- This week marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the first World War.
The war, which began on Aug. 1, 1914, was one of the most horrific events in history. Millions of people were killed in combat and numerous countries paid the price.
The first World War is also a major part of Canada’s history.
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“You think of those numbers, 21 million wounded, 16 million killed,” said Tom Hinderks, executive director of the Alberta Aviation Museum. “We need to remember those things and the sacrifices that were made by the men and the women.”
On Friday, the Alberta Aviation Museum unveiled its commemorative exhibit on World War 1. In addition to its standard WWI exhibit, the museum has added two more display cabinets. One features two Edmonton-area men who joined the Royal Flying Core. The other portion features the Air Observer, which worked directly with the army and relayed intelligence of the enemies’ location.
“This is one of the dramatic moments in Canada’s history, in Alberta’s history,” explained Hinderks.“We were engaged in what would become a number of huge conflicts.”
Meanwhile, the Edmonton Garrison was gearing up to celebrate 100 years on the job.
Next weekend, the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry will take part in military Heritage Day activities.
The event will be attended by more than 10,000 people. The events of Saturday, August 9 are open to the public.