The McKnight Trench

Have you seen what is being built in the back of the Museum? Please come by and have a look! A dedicated group of volunteers have been hard at work, creating a WW1 Trench display. This display is intended to promote an important part of Canadian history and pay tribute to our former engineer and resident, Augustus McKnight. The message we hope the trench will clearly convey is peace and remembrance. When completed The trench will be  70 feet and with the addition of  no man’s land the entire display will cover 140 feet and will be in place for 4 years to coincide with the war’s anniversary period.

One unique aspect of the trench is that it is all dug by hand. The dedication of Guy Black, Sean, Sonny, Cary, Allan, John, Jim and Markus is incredible. These guys come rain or shine and work long days. We really want to thank them for all their hard work and dedication to this project.

We also want to say a big thank you to the officers and cadets of the Royal Westminster Regiment from Aldergrove ,the Royal Westminster Regiment from Maple Ridge and the 6 Engineers from North Vancouver that have came out on multiple occasions to help. This weekend we had a cadet representing the British Columbia Regiment from Port Moody join in to help and give his services. We really appreciate the cadets taking the time to help us build a display that we believe will educate individuals about an important part of Canadian History.

Donations are needed to help with the building of the Trench. We are in need of a load of sand, burlap sand bags and wood including 2 x 4’s, 4 x 4 posts, 2 x 8 planks, and some real logs 8 to 12 feet long and 6 to 10 inch diameter. If anyone would like to donate these items please contact Jim Millar at the museum, 604-939-1648. We are also asking for your help to support the cost of this poignant museum project, please go to www.fundaid.ca/tothetrenches to help us.

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