Beechwood Way - Fall 2022

AS WE APPROACH a milestone in Beechwood’s history, we tend to reflect on the years behind us. For over 150 years, Beechwood has had the honour of serving the community, the city, and the country.

Beechwood serves as a keeper of knowledge, history, and heritage, where people may discover a little more about themselves and who they are. With all our events, new tours, new themed Beechwood Way, we look to share a little more about Canada and our shared history.

Over the course of the last year, we have had the honour to host Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet, Princess of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange Nassau, Princess of Lippe-Biesterfeld and The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada. We celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Governor General’s Foot Guard, started a new ceremony for the Battle of Amiens, welcomed members of the French Government on many occasions, and hosted a dinner where we raised funds for the local food bank with our partners over at the Vanier Business Improvement Areas.

On September 30, 2022, we continued our commitment to the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Report. We closed operations and held a day of education, tours, and documentaries. Hundreds and hundreds of people were led across the grounds to learn about the policies and public figures who enacted or fought against the Indian Residential School Program. Many people learned for the first time that people like Dr. Peter Henderson Bryce fought for Indigenous children and advocated for their health and rights. As we prepare for Remembrance Day, activities are always aplenty.

We had a commemoration for the historical relationship between France and Canada, the first ever Latin-American Remembrance Ceremony (article is in this issue), and held our No Stone Left Alone Event, where children and the 76th Communications Regiment placed a single poppy on each military headstone within the National Military Cemetery as an act of remembrance.

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