Conscientious Objectors work boots part of peace exhibit at war museum


Canada's Maclean's Magazine in a May 31, 2013 post reports that a conscientious objector's work boots used during the second World War have become part of a peace exhibit in Canada's Ottawa War Museum.

Reporter Michael Petrou writes that "During the Second World War, conscientious objectors in Canada, including Mennonites and Doukhobors, were allowed to perform peaceful national service work such as logging and farming, rather than combat-related tasks.
 
"One man who did so was Mennonite Elmon Lichti, who helped build the northern Ontario highway between North Bay and Nipigon. He died in 2005. The following spring, while helping to clean out his house, his children came across an old pair of leather work boots. Lichti had worn them during the war and kept them ever since.
 
"'They apparently had great emotional staying power for my dad,' says Lichti’s son, Jim.
 
“'They symbolize service to country in an atypical way. They show that through service and love there are other avenues to peace.'”
 
The peace exhibit runs until Jan.5, 2014.