Ordinary citizens of Brandon who were heroes at home during the First World War are being commemorated in the Daly House Museum’s new exhibit, "Every Citizen a Soldier," on display now until Sept.1.
The exhibit features many remembrances from the time, including medals, uniforms, letters written home by soldiers, and trench art (items made from shell casings, for example).
There are also stories about the internment camp in Brandon, the role of nurses, and the roles of ordinary citizens supporting the enlisted men.
Daly House itself, in fact, was the setting for many teas and meetings when Mrs. G. R. Coldwell offered her home for meetings of the Red Cross Society and for fundraisers.
This coming September marks the 100-year anniversary of the start of the First World War, or the Great War.
"Every Citizen a Soldier" was a phrase coined by Thomas Jefferson and it certainly applies to the war years 1914-1918.
Many cultural and sporting events were postponed. Men, women, and children scanned the newspapers for updates and sought ways to help out.
"Few people today realize how completely our community was transformed during wartime and how every aspect of life on the Prairies was affected by the war," said Eileen Trott, curator of the Daly House Museum.
Some of the stories of change and surprising facts about life in Brandon are featured in the exhibit. Daly House Museum is located at 122 18th Street in Brandon and is open 10 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday throughout the summer. The museum offers guided or self-guided tours. There is a modest admission charge, or guests can become members for unlimited visits to the many exhibits throughout the year. For more information about the exhibit or the museum, call 204-727-1722.