“I was supposed to be the speaker at the Delegates’ Breakfast, talking about Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and the relationship with Canada,” Sinclair told CCN, adding Margriet Francisca was born at Ottawa’s Civic Hospital on Jan. 19, 1943, during the height of the Second World War.
“I was also going to assemble an educational display on coins of both world wars,” Sinclair added, of the now-cancelled ONA Convention, which was slated for May 22-24 in Burlington, Ont.
His daily posts, which offered a countdown to the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day on May 8, highlighted worldwide commemorative coins relating to both world wars.
Among the highlights were a 2000-dated Russian two-ruble coin honouring the “Hero City of Tula,” one of 12 Russian cities conferred with the “Hero City” distinction for collective heroism during the Second World War, and a 2014 U.K. two-pound coin celebrating Lord Kitchener and his famed First World War call to arms, “Your country needs you.”
To see Sinclair’s posts, visit the ONA Facebook page at facebook.com/groups/7758175753.