Okanagan Military Museum owes a great deal to the founding organizations
that supported its creation. These organizations and the individuals
in them who had the vision and determination to see the project through
did so in the interest of providing a valuable service to the community
by preserving an important part of our heritage. The Okanagan Military
Museum Society is grateful for the support of:
The British Columbia Dragoons Regiment (BCDs)
- The army reserve regiment based in Kelowna and Vernon,
BC. The BCDs are the Canadian Forces presence in the Okanagan and
have a long history in the area. During WWI and WWII many residents
joined the Canadian Army and served overseas as members of this locally
British Columbia Dragoons "Whizzbangs"Association
- The Regimental Veterans association for the BCDs
formed by veterans after WWI, the "Whizzbangs" (the Great
War slang for falling artillery shells), are the regimental link with
its history. Many of its current members are veterans of the allied
campaigns in Italy and Europe during WWII. During WWII they fought
in the difficult battles involved in breaking the German Gothic Line
in Italy as BCDs. Today they are keeping the memory of these events
alive through the Whizzbangs support to the museum.
Canadian Legion Branch 26
- The Kelowna Legion has been an active supporter of
the museum and works in conjunction with the Okanagan Military Museum
Society in furthering the mutual goal of awareness and remembrance
of the past sacrifices and contributions of our veterans.
Navy and Air Force Veterans in Canada
- This veteran's organization represents veterans from all three services.
The ANAF Veterans have lent the museum society support in its mandate
in telling the story of Okanagan veterans from all three services
to the visiting public.
(Kelowna)Wing Royal Canadian Air Force Association
- This association of Air Force veterans has contributed to the museum's
goal of presenting Canada's military aviation history to the public.
Kelowna Naval Veterans Association
- This assocaition of naval veterans have made valuable
contributions to the museum's role in highlighting the history of
the Canadian Navy.
ALL - THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!