Travelling Canadian Honours exhibition stops in Chilliwack

The 'It's An Honour' travelling exhibition is open to the public today from 2 to 5 p.m. and is set up outside Chilliwack middle school.

François Grenier guides a group of Grade 8 French immersion students through It's An Honour

Above, François Grenier guides a group of Grade 8 French immersion students through It’s An Honour, a travelling exhibit about the Canadian Honours System, at Chilliwack middle school on Tuesday.

The free exhibit is based entirely inside a mobile trailer and is open to the public today (Tuesday, March 4) from 2 to 5 p.m.

This new travelling exhibit is now making its way across the country. Over the next two years, it will journey to schools (mainly geared towards middle and high school students), community centres, special events and small towns to connect with and inspire visitors of all ages.

Mounted in a specially designed 1,000 square foot vehicle, the exhibit showcases stories of great Canadians who have been recognized for their extraordinary achievements with national honours such as the Order of Canada, Decorations for Bravery and Military Valour Decorations. Featuring interpretative panels, multimedia elements and artifacts, this unique space provides an opportunity for visitors to learn more about these honours through an interactive learning experience.

Visitors can catch a glimpse of insignia and medals, discover the unique stories of many honours recipients and watch a hologram message from former Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. Throughout their visit, visitors can also learn more on the role and responsibilities of the Governor General of Canada and how to nominate deserving individuals from their community for national honours. It is accessible to everyone and admission is free.

Since August 2013, the exhibit has travelled through Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories, Yukon, Northern Alberta and British Columbia. On September 16th, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, officially launched the exhibit at Henry Wise Wood Senior High School, in Calgary, Alberta. The exhibit will be in British Columbia until late March 2014.

This exhibit is made possible through the generosity of The Taylor Family Foundation as a tribute to the women, men and youth of Canada whose achievements, courage and dedication to service exemplify the heart and soul of our nation.

For more information visit www.gg.ca/HonoursExhibit and follow @HonoursExhibit on Facebook and Twitter.

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