Sunday, March 20, 2011

Elgin Military Museum

A few weeks ago I took my grandchildren to the Elgin Military Museum for a tour.  Unfortunately, we ran out of time and couldn't complete the tour.  Our lovely guide gave us complimentary passes to return and finish the tour.

We picked up the boys Saturday morning and went to finish.  There wasn't a tour guide available so I decided to let the boys give Hal the tour.  I was thrilled to see how much the boys remembered from the original tour including information about the guns, Victoria Cross, L/Sgt Sifton and the Silver Cross.  Cameron (6) referred to the Silver Cross as the "badge you don't want to get."

I used WWII newspapers to discuss how bullying happens and why.  How better to explain how a small group of men could force a whole country to do horrific things they really didn't want to do.

We checked on all our letterboxes that are planted in the area.  They were all in good shape and didn't require maintenance.  It was fun going through the log book and seeing who all had visited.

We learned about Canada's leading role in peacekeeping and that an important leader in Canadian peacekeeping went to Wellington Street School, just like the boys did.  We learned about wars going on today.  We saw what a home looked like during the 1940s.  So much to see and do and talk about.

And since we didn't get a tour guide, we got our tickets back to use another time.

We had brunch and then spent the rest of the afternoon hanging out, watching movies and enjoying being together.