It is with the greatest respect and appreciation for the memory and sacrifices of Canada’s War Dead that this project is undertaken. We are committed to creating a web site, in both official languages, that is dignified and professional and honours those men and women who have given their lives in the service of Canada and the cause of peace and freedom around the world. The Maple Leaf Legacy Project is an enormous volunteer endeavour to procure a photograph of each and every Canadian War Grave from the South African War (1899-1902), World War 1 (1914-18), World War II (1939-45), Korean War (1950-52) and all United Nations Peacekeeping Missions to the present day conflict in Afghanistan. These photographs will be made freely available to anyone via this site on the world wide web. It is also hoped to have touch-screen interactive computer kiosks at prominent historical locations across the country so that any visitor to these locations, such as the House of Commons, the Canadian War Museum and provincial and territorial Legislatures, may be able to look up a photograph of a war grave and be able to print out a copy of the photograph on the spot. In this way we hope to create a virtual National War Cemetery so that the thousands of relatives and descendants of Canada’s war dead, who may not be able to visit the grave in person, because of the great distances involved, will at least be able to see a picture of the headstone and the inscription. The Maple Leaf Legacy Project is being produced by Canadians, for Canadians, with the help of people from many nations. It is truly an international co-operation.
Tally of Canadian War Graves & Commemorations Photographed
On 09/04/2013, the number of Canadian war graves or commemorations photographed on hand is: 106,048
To date, the project has been honoured with the assistance of at least 750 wonderful and generous volunteers. This does not include those who have offered to help but have not yet submitted their photos.