Billy Bishop Museum to honour local veterans

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The Billy Bishop Museum in Owen Sound will honour Canadian veterans of the wars in their 20th annual Honouring Our Local Veterans ceremony this weekend.

Due to COVID restrictions, the ceremony will be live-streamed by Rogers TV.

Museum curator Emily Jolliffe said in the 20 years of the event, the Billy Bishop Museum has honoured close to 200 veterans.

“Just to make them feel seen and recognized for their contributions to protecting Canada in all different forms all around the world in peacekeeping and in wars and conflicts,” said Jolliffe.

She added each of the veterans are interviewed by museum staff about their experiences.

“They sometimes will open up and will tell things that they never told other people before. I think that’s really cathartic for them and it’s important to have those conversations with your family members. Sometimes you can’t and strangers are easier to talk to.”

The 12 veteran honourees will not be present at this year’s ceremony. Their stories will be read live by museum representatives along with their photos.

The ceremony is 2 p.m. Sunday and can be seen on the Rogers TV Grey Bruce channel, YouTube and Facebook. For more information visit the Rogers Grey Bruce website or the Billy Bishop Museum’s website.