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Interactive displays entertain, educate Duncan

Cowichan residents got a chance recently to visit a special travelling exhibit entitled It's An Honour! There they were able to learn all about the medals proudly worn by Canadians for service in a number of areas.

Mounted in a specially designed 1,000 square foot vehicle, the exhibit showcases stories of great Canadians who have been recognized for their extraordinary achievements with national honours such as the Order of Canada, decorations for bravery and military valour decorations.

The display features interpretative panels, multimedia elements and artefacts. The elements provide a unique and interactive opportunity for visitors to learn more about these honours.

This new exhibit is now making its way across the country and stopped for a day in Duncan, Monday, Jan. 27, where students and the general public took in the displays.

Over the next two years, it will journey to schools, community centres, special events and small towns with the aim of connecting with and inspiring visitors of all ages.

Visitors can look at insignia and medals, discover the unique stories of many recipients and watch a hologram message from world famous former Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield.

These displays made the event special for Khowhemun Elementary's intermediate students, who got to see the show, according to principal Darrel Wright.

"There was a real Sidney Crosby jersey, and the space suit that astronaut Chris Hadfield wore.

The students really enjoyed seeing them," he said.

"Also there were a lot of touch screens and interactive displays where they could learn about the people who had received the honours. The students really enjoyed it all."

It was also possible to learn more about the role and responsibilities of the Governor General of Canada and how to nominate deserving individuals from their community for national honours. Since August 2013, the exhibit has travelled through most of northern and western Canada and will be in B.C. until late March.

It's an Honour is financed by the Taylor Family Foundation as a tribute to the women, men and youth of Canada whose achievements, courage and dedication to service exemplify Canada's heart and soul.