By Megan Roth
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the First World War as well as 75th anniversary of World War II, Heritage Canada has partnered with the Yorkton Film
Festival to show historical film screenings across the province.
The series of screenings are said to “foster a greater awareness and understanding” of the impact of the world wars on Canada and the country’s history.
The Jasper Centre was approached by the Yorkton Film Festival to host one of these screenings after touring the centre and viewing all the memorabilia from
the world wars within the museum, according to Cathy Rutley, manager and curator of the Jasper Cultural & Historical Centre.
The screening will also have Harry Forbes, a historian, author and World War II veteran, speaking at the event.
“The Jasper Centre, together with the Yorkton Film Festival, is pleased to present an afternoon which will include the screening of the CBC film ‘The Liberation of Holland’ and a presentation by well-known local historian, author and World War II veteran, Harry Forbes. This presentation is certain to be full of interest, colour and humour, that only Harry can bring to his story telling. Harry will be joined by students of the Maple Creek Composite School who will add their unique talents to the afternoon, with readings from the related book, ‘A Bad Penny Always Comes Back’,” said Rutley.
The film being shown, “The Liberation of Holland”, documents Canadian soldiers in World War II during The Battle of the Scheldt, one of the more unknown
battles during the war.
The film’s synopsis reads “‘The Liberation of Holland’ is the story of Canada’s “finest hour” of World War II. The Canadian soldiers fought one of the most important battles on the western front in The Battle of the Scheldt, a battle that is hardly known by most Canadians and yet was so crucial to the allied war effort. It was one of the dirtiest and most difficult jobs given to any army during the war.”
Voices of Courage, as the film tour is being called, will be in Maple Creek on Feb. 28 at the Jasper Centre auditorium beginning at 2 p.m. and finishing at 4 p.m.
The event is free to the public and is made possible through a grant from the Government of Canada.
Refreshments will be served during the event and there will also be books for sale.
For more information about the event contact Cathy Rutley at the Jasper Centre, 306-662- 2434.