A century ago, Fraser Valley families were sending their young men off to war, some with a sense of optimism that they would be home by Christmas, others with a taste for adventure and a desire to see the world. Some felt a sense of loyalty to Mother England and her British Empire that compelled them to travel thousands of kilometers to a continent they’d never seen. It was the first Canadian expedition to the battlefields of Europe. Women also joined the war effort as nurses or homefront volunteers.
- Learn about how diverse groups of people in the Fraser Valley participated directly or indirectly in the First World War
- Learn about the immediate and longer term impacts of the war on local life
- Share with other Fraser Valley residents and communities their personal or familial reflections on the impact and legacies of the war.
“The centenary of the Great War is being recognized in a huge variety of ways all over the world,” Anderson added. “Organizers of these events have been careful not to suggest this is a ‘celebration’ of the war, since this was arguably the most brutal conflict in history. But all also recognize and agree that we cannot and should not forget the Great War. Few events in history have been as formative as the war between 1914-1918 — we live in a world that was shaped by it. Great War Day is a modest attempt to understand this enormously important event and how it shaped the lives of people in the Fraser Valley.”