SUDBURY, ON , Nov. 9, 2016 /CNW/ - Project Honour and Preserve, a national initiative founded by a Greater Sudbury, Ontario man, is set to expand internationally to include the United States and much of the United Kingdom. In November 2011, Dr. Kevin McCormick, President and Vice-Chancellor of Huntington University was named by the Minister of National Defence as the Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of the Irish Regiment of Canada. In that role, HLCol McCormick initiated and personally funded Project Honour and Preserve to raise awareness of the sacrifices and contributions made by Canadian Veterans while bringing public attention to important dates in Canadian Military history. Through Project Honour and Preserve, HLCol McCormick has personally purchased hundreds of historic artifacts which he has donated to groups such as museums, affiliated military units, Veterans' associations, schools and veterans' families. Captured in these collections is the distinguished military service of Canadian Veterans spanning both World Wars, all conflicts and peacekeeping missions, in addition to those awarded by foreign governments for contributions to freedom and humanity. Other items donated include letters, journals, personal items and trench art belonging to Canadian Veterans who served during many of our Nation's most iconic battles such as Dieppe, Vimy, Somme, Normandy and Passchendaele. In 2013, in recognition of the 100 th anniversary of the beginning of WW1, HLCol McCormick embarked on an 18-month journey, at his own expense, to make presentations across Canada to museums and Veterans' associations. Privately and confidentially, HLCol McCormick also repatriated countless items belonging to Veterans and their respective families. Behind the scenes he has located families and ensured, at no cost to them, that their family member's medals are returned and professionally preserved for future generations to honour. Since that time, HLCol McCormick has expanded his dedicated efforts, to include repatriating objects that originate from the United States and United Kingdom.