Each year, on Remembrance Day, wreaths are placed at the National Cenotaph in Ottawa and at the cenotaph in St. John’s, Newfoundland, to remember and honour those who have fallen, while serving our country. IODE members placed more than 122 wreaths across the country.
The Reading and Remembrance Project 2010 features a wonderful article for use in schools on IODE war efforts titled The IODE in WWII: “… the betterment of life itself” is based on Angie Littlefield’s archival research. This special lesson honours IODE’s 110 years of service across Canada and is recommended in SLiC online magazine as, “a great model for Character Education and the roles of women during times of war and peace, the lesson proves that although nobody can do everything, everyone can do something.” As author Angie Littlefield wrote in her most recent email to IODE Canada, “I am very proud of the IODE lesson and the mentions of IODE in other lessons as I researched that material at the Archives in Ottawa. I hope I have captured your organization's far-reaching contributions to Canada.”
Reading and Remembrance, a free online resource first presented during the Year of the Veteran in 2005 for Remembrance Day, is now a year-round resource supported by the Durham West Arts Centre, Ontario Power Generation, the Ontario Historical Society, The Canada Remembers Program of Veterans Affairs Canada, SLiC and the Ontario School Librarians Association.These lessons are available online at www.readingandremembrance.ca.
International Peace Garden
IODE United Nations Peacekeeper Bar
IODE recognizes our members and their families who are serving or served with our Canadian Forces in a United Nations Peacekeeping Mission overseas. Members who have or had a husband, son or daughter or grandson or granddaughter, who served or are serving, are eligible to wear the UN Peace Keeper Bar.
As a special project during World War II, the National Chapter IODE collected funds raised by provincial and primary chapters to purchase a Bolingbroke Bomber. During one week, IODE members raised $100,000. One chapter raised $335 after collecting and selling old gold and silver pieces in the summer of 1940. The bomber, known as “Ida”, it was flown by a Hamilton Squadron during the war, and was presented to the Canadian Government in 1940.
As a matter of interest, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum is currently restoring a “Boly” which will bear the IODE crest on its nosecone. IODE has contributed significant funds to the restoration, which can be seen in the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, Mount Hope, Ontario.