2020 Veterans’ Week

Canada Remembers the end of the Second World War

From November 5-11—Veterans’ Week—we honour those who have served Canada, past and present, in times of war, military conflict and peace. This year’s theme is the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

Remember our Local Veterans’

The 2020 National Remembrance Day Ceremony in Ottawa looks a little different this year. For the first time, spectators are discouraged from attending the service and encouraged to watch from home. Tune in to pay your respects on Facebook Live beginning at 10:45 am EST. The two minutes of silence will be held at 11:00 am EST. We Will Remember Them.

2020 National Remembrance Day Ceremony Overview

If you wish to take some time to read about the key milestones and battles that led to the conclusion of the Second World War, here are some resources courtesy of Veterans Affairs Canada.

The 75th anniversary of V-J Day and the end of the Second World War, click here for the story…
Battle of the Atlantic, click here for the story…
Battle of Britain, click here for the story…
Canadians in South-east Asia, click here for the story…
Dieppe Raid, click here for the story…
The Italian Campaign, click here for the story…
D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, click here for the story
Battle of the Scheldt, click here for the story
Liberation of the Netherlands, click here for the story
Indigenous Peoples of Canada in the World Wars, click here for the story…

In Flanders Fields


In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

    That mark our place; and in the sky

    The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

    Loved and were loved, and now we lie,

        In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

    The torch; be yours to hold it high.

    If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow        

 In Flanders fields.

It’s Women’s History Month 2020!

October is Women’s History Month in Canada, a time to celebrate the women and girls from our past, and our present, who are contributing to a better, more inclusive Canada.

This year’s theme #BecauseOfYou, celebrates women and girls in Canada who have made, and continue to make, a lasting impact on our country.

We invite you to …

Help celebrate the women who have made an impact in Canada

Explore Women in Canadian History: A Timeline

Help us Literally Record History as it Happens!

The Mattawa & Area Historical Society and Mattawa Museum are looking for your help in recording accounts of everyday life during the COVID-19 pandemic for future generations. 

We are looking for the experiences of Mattawa & area residents from a variety of age groups during the length of the pandemic.

Hey kids, if you want a fun way to record some information for your household, you can use the pages in 2020 COVID-19 Time Capsule to record your experience! Scan what you create and send to info@mattawamuseum.ca so that we can share on our website, with your permission.

If you would prefer to use other means to share your story, then (.doc or .pdf), photographs (.jpg), or video recordings (mp3, mp4, wav, or mov) can be emailed to info@mattawamuseum.ca.

Wondering what you should write…

  • How has COVID-19 affected you at work/school/home/other?
  • How have local businesses been impacted?
  • Stories of everyday heroes, i.e. people helping people during self-isolation, essential workers
  • Creative ways birthdays, anniversaries, holidays have been celebrated
  • How do you think our community will be changed when this is over?
  • What positive outcomes have your or your family experienced during the pandemic ?