WAR BRIDES Doiran Blagborne Thomson, left, Enid Dorn and Marg Lynum were among those who attended a presentation on war brides at the Summerland Museum on Nov. 24. Thomson and Dorn are two of the war brides living in Summerland. (John Arendt/Summerland Review)

Exhibit at Summerland Museum honours war brides

More than 70,000 women from Europe married Canadian servicemen during World War II

The Summerland Legion took time to honour war brides during a special exhibit at the Summerland Museum on Nov. 24.

During World War II, women from Europe, most of them from the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, met and married Canadian servicemen,

More than 70,000 war brides came to Canada. Of these, 43 of these settled in Summerland after the war and at least six are still living in the community.

John Dorn, past president of the Summerland Legion and the son of a war bride, said the women who came to Canada as brides after the war played an important role in the country.

He said roughly one million Canadians are descendants of the war brides.

To assist with the war brides exhibit and the World War I exhibit at the museum earlier in November, the Summerland Legion contributed $1,000.

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