McCrae House marks Remembrance Week with return of Guelph Amateur Radio Club

Remembrance traditions continue at McCrae House with the return of the Guelph Amateur Radio Club. Now in its 22th season, the group will again be sending and receiving remembrance messages at the birthplace of John McCrae from Saturday, November 6 thru Thursday, November 11. Approximate hours of operation are 1-5 p.m.

Members of the Radio Club look forward to contacting, via the airwaves, ham radio enthusiasts around the world. This is their opportunity to acknowledge Remembrance Day and exchange thoughts on its significance. The Club also assists the Museum in educating children and adult groups taking part in Remembrance programs offered throughout the week. Students, as well as the general public, are invited to share their thoughts and reacquaint themselves with John McCrae.

Listen for their special call “VA3IF” for In Flanders, talk to them and their students, and receive their commemorative QSL card.
They can be found on the amateur radio bands of 80, 40 20, 15, 10 and 2 metres, and also on the IRLP node of 2260.

McCrae House is the birthplace of John McCrae, doctor, soldier and author of the poem In Flanders Fields, one of the best known First World War poems. McCrae’s poem is credited with initiating the use of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance.

Join us on Thursday, November 11th beginning at 9:00 a.m. with a short flag ceremony organized by the Col. John McCrae Legion in the McCrae Garden. Admission to McCrae House on Remembrance day is by donation and the House is open until 5:00 p.m.

McCrae House is located at 108 Water Street. Open daily 1-5 p.m. leading up to Remembrance Day and open Remembrance Day 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Regular admission to the museum is: Adults- $4.00, Seniors & Students – $3.00, Families $10.00. Please contact Guelph Museums at 836-1221, ext. 2773 for more information.

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