Okanagan Military Museum celebrates 20 years in Kelowna

Exhibit honours veterans

Kelowna's Okanagan Military Museum will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this Remembrance Day.

It is commemorating the milestone with a new exhibit titled Keepers of the Flame - 20 Years of Connecting and Collecting. 

“We had started out much smaller, upstairs above the change rooms, and we moved into what is the front lobby of the arena in 2005 and have been successful ever since with our street access and larger floor plan for classes up to 60 students,” says Keith Boehmer, military historian with the Kelowna Museums Society.

With such a vast collection, the range of items is diverse. There are uniforms, medals and weapons, but also rare and unique items.

The exhibit also features some fascinating insights into the Okanagan’s overseas connections – places where Canadian men and women served and fought.

Ultimately, Boehmer believes Keepers of the Flame will bring people together: “For two decades now, our collection has wowed both locals and visitors, and we’re excited for that to continue. This is part of our shared history and a chance for us to come together in remembrance," he said.

"It’s always a special feeling when you see multiple generations of a family – say, grandparents and grandchildren – checking out an exhibit. These stories have the power to bring people together.”

The Okanagan Military Museum is open on Remembrance Day for its annual open house, and parking will be free at the new memorial parkade. 

Admission to the exhibit is by donation, suggested at $5 per person or $15 for a family.

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