Curator Ron Candy is urging local residents to learn more about military history at the Greater Vernon Museum. An exhibit on the Boer War and the two world wars has been launched in conjunction with the Okanagan Military Tattoo

Curator Ron Candy is urging local residents to learn more about military history at the Greater Vernon Museum. An exhibit on the Boer War and the two world wars has been launched in conjunction with the Okanagan Military Tattoo

Military history focus of exhibit

The Greater Vernon Museum has unveiled the Remembering A Few exhibit as part of the Okanagan Military Tattoo

The Okanagan’s significant military contribution is front and centre.

The Greater Vernon Museum has unveiled the Remembering A Few exhibit as part of the Okanagan Military Tattoo, which runs Saturday and Sunday.

“We have taken some individuals with connections to the North Okanagan and we focused on them,” said Ron Candy, museum curator, of participants in the Boer War and the two world wars.

“There are stories and artifacts associated with them.”

Among the 15 people highlighted at the museum is Col. George Osborn, who served in Singapore and India at the turn of the 20th century and was also involved in the First World War.

The Boer War took place in South Africa from 1899 to 1902.

“There was an Okanagan contingent that left here and there was a recruiting office for Lord Strathcona’s Horse,” said Candy.

Queen Victoria died in 1901, and to commemorate her reign, King Edward VII awarded special medals to Boer War veterans.

“We have three of the medals. They’re really rare as only 100 were handed out,” said Candy.

The First World War veterans highlighted in the exhibit include Guy Bagnall, the Ellison brothers and Allan Brooks, while among those from the Second World War are David Kinloch, Duke Procter, Ken May and Albert Saddleman Sr.

Candy believes it’s timely to remind residents of local military accomplishments during the tattoo.

“We’re not necessarily celebrating war, but remembering the sacrifices people made,” he said.

“A lot of people died overseas and those who came back put their lives on hold.”

The exhibit will be on display at the Greater Vernon Museum for the summer. It is open  Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Okanagan Military Tattoo runs Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at Kal Tire Place. Lord Strathcona’s Horse Musical Ride will be at the Armstrong fairgrounds Friday at 7 p.m.

For more information, go to www.okanagantattoo.ca.