The signing of the Armistice that brought a stop to fighting between Allied and German forces and an end to the First World War was more than 100 years ago.
Crowds at Remembrance Day events are as strong as ever as new generations get involved.
To continue that connection with younger generations, the Royal Canadian Legion has launched Remembrance Island, a custom Fortnite island featuring recreations of WWI trenches, D-Day beaches, a Canadian military cemetery, the well-known Vimy Ridge memorial cenotaph and more.
The island can be accessed in the game’s Creative Mode using the island code 5053-3302-4847.
“It’s our hope that young Canadians will take a few moments to visit this unique environment and learn about the men and women who gave their lives to protect our freedom,” said Freeman D. Chute, senior program officer at the Royal Canadian Legion, in a news release. “As time goes on, we have to find new ways to reach young people and tell the story of Canadian veterans. This is a fantastic example of how to do just that.”
Unlike standard Fortnite gameplay, the only objective for gamers is to discover the 30 museum-like information plaques and follow the poppies until they reach a memorial cenotaph at a central point of the island. There is no fighting, damage or weaponry on Remembrance Island.
On Nov. 11, gamers are being encouraged to visit the Remembrance Island cenotaph at 11 p.m., start a party and have their own moment of silence and salute, then share images or streams using the hashtag #SaluteThePoppy. “Moving the ceremony to 11 p.m. is another way to meet the gaming community on their terms,” said a news release, as it is normally done at 11 a.m.
- Chris Campbell, Burnaby Now