This past Saturday, the Western Development Museum held their "In Remembrance" event, welcoming authour Mark Cote to present his book.
Cote's book, "That Lucky Old Son," isn't only the story about his father's time in World War II flying in a bomber with the Royal Canadian Air Force and his time as a POW; it's also about Cote's own discovery of his father's service.
During his childhood, Cote only heard about the good times of the war - training and the friends his father made, but he learned nothing about his father's actual time in battle. Those who came were enthralled with hearing the stories of Cote discovering more about his dad.
Some even shared their own stories with Cote on their family in World War II.
"I talked to quite a few of [the attendees] after the talk. And they have things to share as well, and that's the part that I really like, because it teaches me as well and gives me a little more to build on in terms of their experience," Cote said.
While this was the main and largest part of their "In Remembrance" event, the WDM is continuing to recognize Canada's involvement in the war by showing movies throughout the month of November.
"This is something that we do. It's a smaller scale event, it's not one of our great big ones, but we realize that it's still very important to have for our community," Public Programs Coordinator at the Museum Karla Rasmussen explained. "We have a lot of artifacts here that are a part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan and a few other military pieces as well, and Saskatchewan had a really big part to play in the war effort so this is part of our recognition of that."
Those films include stories of Canada's Indigenous people fighting in the war and coming back to harsh treatment and how German POWs came to be fond of Canada because of their treatment when they were captured.
You can view these movies and other wartime exhibits for regular admission at the Western Development Museum.