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LAC Commemorates Vimy Ridge Day

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OTTAWA, April 9, 2010 - In commemoration of Vimy Ridge Day, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to announce the addition of 200 digitized military personnel records to its Lest We Forget website.

These records represent 100 men and women who served our country in the First World War, and 100 other brave individuals who served in the Second World War. These digitized files will allow teachers and historians to conduct Lest We Forget workshops everywhere across Canada without having to pre-order material from LAC.

"Building on the initial success of the Lest We Forget project, we are very pleased to be able to make Canada's proud military heritage come alive for students in thousands of classrooms across the country this year, and for years to come," stated Jean-Stéphen Piché, Assistant Deputy Minister at Library and Archives Canada.

"Ancestry.ca is delighted to be collaborating with LAC in a partnership that will provide Canadians with access to these poignant military records," said Karen Peterson, Marketing Director, Ancestry.ca. "Military history is a hugely important part of both family and Canadian history, and these records provide a rare glimpse into the lives of those who made great sacrifices for our freedom."

Teachers who are interested in offering Lest We Forget material to their classes will find several other didactic resources on the website including: explanatory notes, guidelines for students, examples of completed projects and further research material.

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Library and Archives Canada
Isabelle Vigneault
Media Relations Officer
Library and Archives Canada
819-934-7530
isabelle.vigneault@bac-lac.gc.ca

Ancestry.ca
Patrick Erlich
416-504-8464
patrick.erlich@mediaprofile.com