If anyone would like to see the trench you can view it from the balcony at the museum when the museum is open. If you want a walk through the trench, please check with the museum to see if anyone is available. Tours do not start until July.
Opening of the centennial trench. Despite minor disturbances by some demonstrators it was a great event. Our many speakers were just great. As mentioned by many it’s the actions of men and women in the past that gives us our freedom today. The trench is a great leading experience. From the no man’s land, the path leads into the trench, and exits in the meditation garden.
Had the demonstrator paid any attention they would have noticed the symbolic movement from war to peace.
We will remember and we will make sure many will learn about the past to avoid mistakes in the future.
The trench is now finished and final work is being done to get things ready for the Dedication Ceremony on Saturday April 4th 2:00 pm.
Everyone is invited to watch the ceremony and tour the trench.
Thank you everyone, to all those that worked on the trench, donated money or material or just came by to see how we were progressing.
It was a team effort to get this project completed and is probably something we will never want to do again, our shovels are broken and our gloves are worn out and our wood is all used up and the large box of nails is empty. Allan is resting his back and the shell craters are full of water. The work is done. The trench is finished. Please join us on April 4th – you are invited.
Last Saturday 6 Engineer cadets returned to the McKnight trench display and completed the barbed wire field defense, dug shell craters and filled and carried many sand bags. Weather was great. So much work done in one day. No more sand bags left in our QM stores hut and my gloves are worn out from digging. This project could not have gotten to its final stage of 95% completed without so much help from so many people. Thank you.
Work continued as usual this Saturday with a full contingent of our trench gang and we were very surprised when a truck load of Army Cadets arrived to lend us a hand.
Half a dozen members of the Royal Westminster Regiment Army Cadet Corps from Aldergrove came out unannounced, wanting to help build the trench. We were very surprised and very pleased.
And once again they worked hard, filling sand bags, and installing barbed wire. Thank you for your great help. Another interesting item is Lieutenant McKnight’s relative has made a donation to the trench project, thank you Keith.
Thank you to the Tri City News for their excellent article about the McKnight Centennial Trench, thank you Dianne ! We are 85% complete with the trench work and pushing hard to get it done for the April 4th opening. Work continues every weekend.
Also thanks to those that have supported our volunteer project including Mill & Timber, Wavor Wire, Burnaby Bag & Burlap, Hon. Colonel James Happer and Tree Island Industries, Allard Contractors Ltd, 6 Engineer Squadron Cadet Corps, Royal Westminster Regiment Cadet Corps Maple Ridge and Aldergrove, Western Command Military Vehicle Historical Society, Yellow Dog Brewing, Brianne and the Port Moody Heritage Society.
Thank you from the trench building team of Marcus, Allan, Sonny, Cary, John, Jim, Sean and Guy.
A big Thank You to the officers and cadets of the Royal Westminster Regiment from Aldergrove.
Once again a lot of work was done including filling and carrying several hundred sandbags, building a field defense Knife Rest that compares very well to the one built by North Vancouver’s Engineers. Also a large shell crater was dug and a viewing area fence were made. Lots of digging through two separate layers of thick old pavement. Not an easy task.
Everyone involved in the McKnight Centennial Trench Project thanks you for your great help today, your comradeship and keen spirit.
Thank you !
Burnaby Bag and Burlap Ltd just donated 300 burlap sand bags. The bags will be put to good use and the donation is greatly appreciated.