The individual and personal experiences of our servicemen and women is an important aspect of our military heritage. Ultimately all history is personal as it relates to the experiences of many individuals that make up the larger event. Whether it is the stories of airmen flying over WW II Europe, sailors of the Royal Canadian Navy on escort duties on the North Atlantic, soldiers going ashore at Juno Beach, army nurses in Holland or closer to our era, the experiences of soldiers fighting fires around Kelowna, these stories of Okanagan and BC residents bring our history a closer relevance.
The museum strives to collect these stories and present them to the public. Some of these stories might be of people you know, they could be your relatives – fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters and grandparents.
The museum looks for opportunities to highlight these personal histories. Some are Okanagan residents who achieved high rank, were decorated or played important roles in our military history such as Brigadier Angle. All are worthy of being recorded as they have all made their own personal contribution to our armed forces and each, in their own way, had a role to play in events, some of historic proportions, in our history.