Friday, November 11 at 9ep
In honour of Remembrance Day, a new documentary series is spotlighting the diversity of important figures from World War I and II. There are two episodes, each an hour in length, that will air back-to-back, exploring these heroes through their descendants who are looking to tell their stories. Unravelling the lesser-known history of their ancestors, families will be brought closer together as they unpack legends, confessions and more as they search for the truth in archives, museums and beyond.
The first episode begins with the great-great granddaughter of one of Canada’s first Black servicemen. She hunts for a memorial plaque awarded to the next-of-kin of those killed in the first World War, and as she discovers more and more about her relative, she makes a huge discovery about his sacrifice and his service in the war.
Episode two looks at Onondaga runner, Tom Longboat, to unearth the truth about his efforts in the war running messages between military posts. His descendant forms a connection to his great-great-great grandfather as he learns about his dispatch efforts in WWI, and finds out that he was much more than a boundary-breaking, legendary athlete.