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As I was singing the Canadian National Anthem a few days ago, I was reminded of our heritage as Canadians and what was accomplished more than 70 years ago. 

On June 6, 1944 Canadian forces joined other allied forces to set France free from Hitler's Germany. This was called D-day.When Canadians arrived on Juno beach on the coast of France there was heavy resistance. Canadian soldiers prevailed among heavy losses and took the beach. This was the beginning of the end.

Later, on May 8, 1945 "V-E Day" was proclaimed and the war of Europe was over. There was freedom from Nazi oppression. No matter what side of the war Adventists were on, all were thankful the war was over.As Canadians we will not forget what the freedoms and opportunities cost men and women who have gone before us. We have learned to be a united country living in peace from across a large mosaic of cultures and background.

Historically, the youth in the Adventist Church are referred to as "an army of youth". "With such an army of workers as our youth, rightly trained, might furnish, how soon the message of a crucified, risen, and soon-coming Saviour might be carried to the whole world! How soon might the end come-- (Education 271).

As a Church, we can cherish many great memories of the ministry and work of Adventist Youth from the past. One way is through the Pathfinder Museum that is here at BC Camp Meeting, July 24 - August 1, 2015.

Here is a brief history of the traveling heritage display: Arnold and Dixie Plata had a dream to tell and show youth throughout the world how God has used youth to lead other youth to Jesus Christ.From the teenagers, who began the Seventh-day Adventist Church after the disappointment of 1844, to Luther Warren and Harry Fenner, who began the young people's meetings, "For Youth by Youth" in 1879, to the teens of today, God has led and continues to lead.

The Plata's share this display with a traveling collection of memorabilia, stories, and seminars telling of God's leading of young people to shape the Seventh-day Adventist Church of today.

From the first item Dixie ever collected, a bar of soap in a case with the Pathfinder emblem, to Arnold's collection of original handbooks and manuals, the collection shares the story of Youth Ministry. The collection also includes past Pathfinder Camporees, honours and Investiture Achievement displays as wells as World Youth Leaders that helped the ministry to grow.

The dream was "caught" by others and has grown to the concept of a, yet to be built, Youth Pathfinder Discovery Learning Center to house the growing collection located at the Adventist Heritage Center in Berrien Springs Michigan.

Adventist Youth around the world need to "see" how God is leading and reaching out to communities, through them, with the message of hope and wholeness as outlined in the message of the three angels of Revelation 14.