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Where The Poppies Grow Remembrance Screening

Event date: 11/10/2019 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Export event

Event Location: Trinity Hall

Where The Poppies Grow Remembrance Screening

offered by Vox Popular

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO,  November 4, 2019  (LSN) Vox Popular Media Arts will be screening Where The Poppies Grow (Franco Finn / Shebafilms) on the 10th of November, in honour of remembrance.
The Film, which was created to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the armistice, as well as remember the roll that the Lakehead region played in The Great War, will be screened alongside The Reflections of The Great War Vignette Series.

The Screenings will begin at 1pm at Trinity Hall - 310 Park Ave and admission will be by donation.

The Screenings will paired with guest speakers Ron Harpelle (Director), Marg Saxberg (Featured in: A Father's War: The Story Behind an Artifact) and George Romick (Captain of The Armoury Reserve, Director / Curator of Thunder Bay Military Museum).

Following the screening (3pm) will be a WW1 Antique Show featuring items from the Thunder Bay Military Museum curated by George Romick.  Most of the props used during the making of the films were real antiques and some will be featured at the antique show! Guests are encouraged to bring out the wartime memorabilia (not limited to WW1) and receive a history lesson from George!

WW1 Antique Show featuring items from the Thunder Bay Military Museum

 

A docu-drama by Ron Harpelle and Kelly Saxberg about World War 1 and the contributions of the men and women at the Lakehead. When the Great War ended In November 1918, the people of the Lakehead could take pride in the contributions they had made. Over 6,200 people enlisted either as volunteers or conscripts. At home, the community supported the war by raising money to assist soldiers’ wives, children, and other dependents. There were also campaigns to help finance the purchase of military equipment and to send personal items to the soldiers overseas. Bandages were rolled, shirts and underwear were sewn, and socks, sweaters, toques, and scarves were knitted by women for loved ones. By the end of the conflict, approximately 300 men and women from the Lakehead were killed overseas or died of illness due to their war service. Thousands more were wounded in body and mind. Where the Poppies Grow is a docu-drama that looks at the sacrifices made by people from the Lakehead to secure victory in the war.

 

More details on: Where the Poppies Grow

Where the Poppies Grow is a short docu-drama about one soldier during the Great War.  Alfred Saxberg was a first-generation Finnish Canadian who signed up at the beginning of the war and was fortunate to return home in 1919. When the Great War ended In November 1918, the people of the Lakehead could take pride in the contributions they had made. Over 6,200 people enlisted either as volunteers or conscripts. At home, the community supported the war by raising money to assist soldiers’ wives, children, and other dependents. There were also campaigns to help finance the purchase of military equipment and to send personal items to the soldiers overseas. By the end of the conflict, approximately 300 people  from the Lakehead were killed overseas or died of illness due to their war service.  Thousands more were wounded in body and mind. Where the Poppies Grow is a docu-drama that looks at the sacrifices made by people from the Lakehead to secure victory in the war.

The film was primarily shot here in Thunder Bay and was made purely of local artists, actors, and filmmakers!

Thunder Bay was the location where the decision to make the Poppy the symbol of the armistice was made, and that moment is featured in the film.

 

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