Today is April 9, 2013. Today is Vimy Ridge Day. A fitting day to launch our new web site and also commemorate this project’s 16th anniversary.
Hello and welcome to the new, updated, cleaner, leaner web site to mark the 16th anniversary of our humble project. If you are new to the MLLP, then you are most welcome to peruse our site and see the contributions of more than 800 volunteers from around the world who have given freely of their time, effort and dedication to help see this idea develop into reality. The idea of making freely available photographs of all of Canada’s war graves and/or commemorations started in April 1997 as a millennium project and was the first project of its kind. Many such projects now exist. To date, we, volunteers all, have photographed about 106,000 commemorations and approximately 44,000 are currently online and available for searching and downloading. We hope people will contribute photos of these men and women, and short biographies as well, so we can add them to their web page so that they are archived and not lost to future generations.
This will be an occasional blog so check back from time to time for the latest on the project and what’s happening in the world of war graves and commemorations of our war dead.
Many thanks to Tim Cadieux, in Ottawa, for his fine work in upgrading the site, which in fact has to be done twice for most pages, due to the French and English versions.
One special volunteer, Fred Killick, passed away this past January at the age of 71. Fred had photographed thousands of headstones in France, often with Eric Reid or myself. He also did as many for our sister project for Australians and hundreds for New Zealand and South African graves too. He was a good friend and will be missed by many.
Slowly but surely, I am getting the photographs online. It is a slow and time consuming process. Each image must be checked, usually tweaked in some way, either cropped, or enhanced to make it as nice as possible, it must be renamed to match the deceased’s name, watermarked, uploaded, and linked to the database. It would be nice to have all of them done by 2014 but perhaps 2018 is more realistic as a deadline, the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1. If it is done, great. If it isn’t, well, the job will go on. And we still need somewhere between 8,000 and 10,000 more commemorations to be photographed.
One old and yet new aspect of the new web site is that our guest book is back. We had it for many years and then removed it when the hosting company dissolved. Well, now it’s back so you can leave a comment in there if you are so inclined.
I hope you find this site informative and moving. It is a project for Canadians, by Canadians, with help from our friends around the world. We are gathering our fallen maple leaves to honour and remember the those who gave all in the cause of peace, justice and freedom.
Founder and Director
0600h, 9 April, 2013