On October 23rd, we were honoured to perform a flag raising ceremony with Canadian Women’s Army Corps (CWAC) Veterans and members of the 15 Field Ambulance of the Canadian Armed Forces. Every year Lougheed House’s Royal Union Flag, a flag symbolic of Canada’s membership in the Commonwealth, needs to be replaced. The flag raising ceremony was an fitting way to start the Opening Reception for our new exhibit, “Proudly They Served: Canadian Women’s Army Corps in WWII”.
CWAC Veteran Rose Wilkinson accepting the Royal Union Flag from Lt. Mary MacDonald of the 15 Field Ambulance.
Lt. Mary MacDonald and Capt. LeAnn Reid of the 15 Field Ambulance of the Canadian Army placing the new Royal Union Flag on the post.
Lougheed House’s ties to CWAC are strong. Lougheed House acted as CWAC barracks from 1942-46. Lougheed House’s new exhibition explores the lives of women who served in WWII in Alberta. The exhibit includes oral histories in the audio tour component of the exhibit from women who served as switchboard operators, cipher decoders, drivers, cooks and clerks. For the first time in Canadian history, women fulfilling non-combatant duties were officially part of the Canadian Army.
Honourable Kathleen Ganley, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General and Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, with CWAC Veteran Rose Wilkinson and her daughter, and Lougheed House Curator Trisha Carleton.
Hon. Kathleen Ganley with Lt. Mary MacDonald , Capt. LeAnn Reid, and Lougheed House Executive Director Kirstin Evenden.
If you missed the Opening Reception, you can still meet a CWAC Veteran. Join us on Nov. 9th from 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm for a Tea and Talk with CWAC Veteran Rose Wilkinson.The talk will be led by Lougheed House Curator Trisha Carleton and light refreshments will be provided. Rose Wilkinson volunteers extensively, performs speaking engagements, and was awarded the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation in 2015.