While we remember all those brave men and women who went to war to fight for our freedom this Remembrance Day, we at the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame & Museum would like to highlight a few of our Honoured Members who gave back to Canada in a different way during the war; through the development and success of their sport.
Many aspects of everyday life during the war required women to fill roles that were traditionally filled by men. Sports were no different. Some women were given the opportunity to play professional level sports - such as the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League - while the wars raged overseas. The military even created its own sports teams to fill the gap left by a lack of pro teams, such as the Army & Navy Pats and the Army and Navy Starlets.
The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum is proud to display many of our veteran Hall of Fame members in the museum and Hall of Fame Gallery. Stop by to see the full exhibit or check out a sneak peak on our website: http://ashfm.ca/2-uncategorised/251-remembrance-day
100 Year Anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele
"The Battle of Passchendale, which occurred from late October to mid-November 1917, is considered an impressive victory for Canada, but one that came at a high price with more than 4,000 Canadian soldiers killed, and almost 12,000 wounded. The outcome of the battle, won despite almost impossible odds, cemented Canada’s reputation as an elite offensive fighting force, with nine Canadian soldiers earning the Victoria Cross."
Canadian Army well-represented at the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele
One of the many activities includes the Poppies Run. This run includes a five-kilometre stretch dedicated to Alberta Sports Hall of Fame member Alex Decoteau who fought and died at the Battle of Passchendaele.
ASHFM Biography - http://ashfm.ca/component/k2/decoteau-alex
ASHFM Vignette - https://youtu.be/tWXzHSrUjvE