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Toronto, Sep 22 (Canadian-Media): As part of Toronto City's honour to Canada's 150th birthday with "TO Canada with Love," a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions, Mackenzie House with the help of public submissions, is presenting Eaton's Goes to War: Family, Memory & Meaning from Sept 21, 2017 to Jan 31, 2018 revealing the lives of Eaton's employees who served in the First World War, according to Ontario News release of Sep 22.
MacKenzie House. Image credit: Wikipedia
Mackenzie House -- reportedly a historic building and museum in Toronto, Ontario, Canada that was the last home of the city's first mayor, William Lyon Mackenzie -- is one of 10 historic sites owned and operated by the City of Toronto that aim to engage the public in telling Toronto's story.
Eaton's Goes to War: Family, Memory & Meaning is produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the Province of Ontario’s Ontario150 Program and the Archives of Ontario.
“Thanks to the public, we are now able to tell the stories of some of the peoplebehind these anonymous photos,” said Toronto Mayor John Tory. "This exhibit helps us to honour the sacrifices of those who helped Canada during the First World War."
The exhibit also records how the T. Eaton Company supported Canada's war efforts. During the war, 3,327 Eaton's employees enlisted to fight.
Each time one of Eaton's employees was sent overseas, the Toronto store prominently displayed a photo in just steps from Mackenzie House.
“As the daughter of a veteran, I understand the sacrifices military personnel and their families have made to secure our hard fought freedoms," said Eleanor McMahon, Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “Our government, through the Ontario150 program, is privileged to support Eaton’s Goes to War, along with the Invictus Games and The World Remembers – initiatives that remind us of the selfless contributions of these heroes.”
Image: Eleanor McMahon. Image credit: Facebook page
In 2014, the of Ontario reportedly created an online gallery of more than 2000 of these portraits which survived and invited the public last year to visit the online collection of photographs to share the personal histories of the soldiers and their families.
Toronto, a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture is reportedly Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America with a diverse population of about 2.8 million people and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)