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Newsletter #256, October 4, 2014

The Mint Celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the Declaration of WWII

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No other photograph in Canadian history is as widely known as Wait for Me, Daddy, nor did any other capture so poignantly the impact of the war effort on the lives of Canadians. Coming down Eighth Street in New Westminster, Canadian photographer Claude P. Dettloff of The Province newspaper positioned himself to photograph the whole column marching down the hill.

As he was getting ready to take the picture, he saw a young boy run out onto the road; Wait for Me, Daddy captures the image of the boy, five-year-old Warren "Whitey" Bernard, running out of his mother's grasp to his father. The picture Dettloff captured was picked up all over the world, getting exposure in Life magazine, it hung in every school in British Columbia during the war.

In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the declaration of the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Mint was proud to unveil a new circulation two-dollar coin bearing this iconic image, during the City of New Westminster's ceremonial reveal of the Wait for Me, Daddy War memorial sculpture, which was held at the exact spot where the picture was taken.
"The Mint has embarked on an extensive coin program that will last until 2020, to commemorate the many aspects of Canada's experience, at home and on the battlefield, during the First and Second World Wars," said Marc Brûlé, Interim President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. "This new circulation coin furthers our proud tradition of remembering the many sacrifices of Canadians at times of war.

Limited to a mintage of five million coins, Canadians can start looking for the Wait for Me, Daddy two-dollar circulation coin in their change, attend coin exchanges at special events in select locations across Canada, as well as at the Mint's Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver boutiques from October 16 - 19.

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