Re-enactment project takes Ladner back 100 years

Editor:

The historical re-enactment project at Kirkland House last Saturday portrayed actual events in our small community in support of king and country during the First World War.

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This was a creatively crafted production under the artistic direction of Peg Kennleyside and associates.

It served to reflect the sacrifices made by local families whose sons’ names are inscribed on the Ladner cenotaph. Described through conversation were the efforts of the Delta Patriotic and Comfort Societies who assisted the men overseas and their families at home.

The Canadian Army Medical Corps representative Matron Spencer suggested medical supports needed and encouraged the enlistment of nurse Leona Whitworth, who later wrote letters from the front to the Delta Times.

Emerging from this period was the young Elspeth Honeyman whose poetry was published in the New York Times and politically there was the ground breaking announcement of the vote for women and the declaration of the armistice.

The re-enactment project gave us a greater appreciation of the pioneers of this community and served to make our precious heritage more immediate and meaningful on that 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. "We will remember them."

Isabelle Harris

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