98 years ago today, May 28, 1920 the Hopewell Cape Vimy Gun arrived at Cape Station and was towed to Hopewell Cape. You can learn about the exciting story, from it's capture at Vimy Ridge, April 9, 1917 to it's arrival in Hopewell Cape at the County of Heroes-Cyrus Peck, VC and the Victory Cannons Exhibit. The exhibit opened at the Albert County Museum on May 19th.
The exhibit highlights the life of Albert County born, Colonel Cyrus Peck, VC, DSO (1871-1956) who won the Victoria Cross on September 2, 1918 during the Second Battle of Arras. In addition, the exhibit tells the exciting story of the capture of the Vimy Gun, from its use on the battlefield to its final resting place in Hopewell Cape Square. Housed in a stylized First World War trench, complete with sandbags, and rusted corrugated steel, the exhibit creates a life-like setting for both parts of the exhibit..
The exhibit highlights two significant historical events for not only Albert County, but for New Brunswick and Canada as a whole. Telling the story of one of Canada’s greatest unsung heroes and the amazing sacrifices made by the people of Albert County for their country, not only by its brave men and women but also by the generous contributions of its citizens.
The exhibit is scheduled to run for the 2018 season in conjunction with the 100th Anniversary of Cy Peck Winning the Victoria Cross and then extend into 2019 for the 100th Anniversary of Albert County winning the Victory Loans Competition for New Brunswick in 1919.
The exhibit was funded in part by the Government of New Brunswick - Heritage Branch.
The Albert County Museum and RB Bennett Commemorative Centre is located at 3940 Route 114 in Hopewell Cape, New Brunswick.