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National Holocaust Monument unveiled

January 13, 2018 by Stephanie Slegtenhorst

Holocaust survivors, donors and members of the National Holocaust Monument Development Council gathered in Ottawa on Sept. 27 for the unveiling of the National Holocaust Monument. A torrential rainstorm moved the invitation-only ceremony indoors, across the street to the Canadian War Museum, where dignitaries including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie…

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Military tightens its cyber defences

January 10, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne

The Canadian military is looking to boost its abilities to defend against the growing threat of cyberattack. The Department of National Defence has issued a call to prospective suppliers for feedback and information on two proposed projects aimed at shoring up its defences against hackers. A formal request for proposals will not be issued until…

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Gaps in long-term care noted by ombudsman

January 4, 2018 by Sharon Adams

Some elderly and disabled veterans are falling into a gap between support provided to help them remain in their homes as long as possible and entry into long-term care, says Veterans Ombudsman Guy Parent. The Veterans Independence Program (VIP), which helps pay for housekeeping and yard work, is not enough support for some veterans who…

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The need to reform Royal Military College

January 2, 2018 by David J. Bercuson

Royal Military College (RMC) is the keystone to the entire structure of military education in Canada and, according to the auditor general’s report released in November, it is in considerable trouble. The report followed a three-and-a-half year study by a five-person audit team which visited the college on many occasions, interviewed students and teachers, examined…

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On this date: Janaury 2018

January 9, 2018 by Legion Magazine
1 January 1916 In his New Years’ message, Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden announces the country’s goal to place 500,000 men in uniform. 2 January 1929 W.R. (Wop) May and Vic Homer deliver diphtheria serum by Avro Avian biplane to Fort Vermilion, Alta. 3 January 1962 An RCAF helicopter crew rescues 23 men from...
  Canada is already among the world’s top military spenders. The London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies confirms that in 2016, Canadian military spending was, in absolute terms, sixth highest in NATO—exceeded only by the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany and Italy. Globally, Canada ranked 17th, putting it well within the top 10...

St. Laurent and Kim Il-Sung

January 2, 2018 by Mark Zuehlke
On Aug. 7, 1950, Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent addressed the nation by radio. The subject was North Korea’s attack on South Korea and the response by the United Nations and Canada. “Our objective is not to make war. We are…doing our best to prevent war.” Failure to succeed in stopping this communist aggression,...

January/February 2018 issue is now available!

January 2, 2018 by Legion Magazine
The January/February 2018 issue of Legion Magazine is out today! Look for it on newsstands today or check your mailbox if you subscribe already! What’s inside? BORN ON THE FIRST OF JULY As many as 20,000 Canadians joined the United States military to fight in Vietnam. Are they our least recognized veterans? MYSTERY OF THE LUCKY LANCASTER On...

On operations with G.I. Joe

December 20, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
It was the one and only Christmas I went downstairs before anyone else in the family—a grievous breach of protocol in my house, where we traditionally gathered military-style at the top of the stairs and descended together. But the Christmas I was six, or maybe it was seven, I just couldn’t wait. And for...

Japanese teacher keeps alive memories of atrocities

December 14, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
For three decades, now-retired schoolteacher Tamaki Matsuoka has waged a campaign to bring truth and reconciliation to the story of Japanese atrocities during the Second World War. At the risk of her livelihood and personal safety, the woman the Chinese have dubbed The Conscience of Japan has interviewed some 250 Japanese veterans and more...

The last PoW

December 14, 2017 by Don Gillmor
On Dec. 5, 1952, Andrew Robert MacKenzie was flying over North Korea in his F-86 Sabre jet when he experienced hydraulic problems. He was at 42,000 feet, in a firefight with enemy MiG jets when he was hit. “Before I could take any evasive action, my canopy was blown off,” MacKenzie said years later....

Military suicide rate shows increase

December 6, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
A report released by the Department of National Defence on Nov. 29 said overall military suicide rates did not increase significantly after Canada joined the war in Afghanistan in 2001, nor did they vary greatly from the general population. But the document authored by Elizabeth Rolland-Harris of the separate directorates of Force Health Protection...

On this date: December 2017

December 1, 2017 by Legion Magazine
1 December 1941 Emperor Hirohito of Japan gives final approval to commence hostilities with the United States. 2 December 1943 Members of the First Special Service Force begin climbing Mount la Difensa, Italy, in an attempt to clear German positions. 3 December 1997 The Ottawa Treaty, also known as the Mine Ban Treaty, is...

The Cinderella campaign

November 30, 2017 by Mark Zuehlke
In the lead-up to Operation Market Garden—the Allied military operation to encircle Germany’s industrial Ruhr district in September 1944—British Army Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery and Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force General Dwight D. Eisenhower took a calculated risk and assigned First Canadian Army to open the North Sea port of Antwerp, Belgium, to Allied...

Mental health counselling available

November 30, 2017 by Legion Magazine
What is the Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) Assistance Service? The VAC Assistance Service is a counselling and referral service, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week through a toll-free number to veterans, former RCMP members, their families and caregivers. The VAC Assistance Service is a voluntary and confidential service delivered through a...

B.C. branches aid in wildfire relief

November 30, 2017 by Stephanie Slegtenhorst
Legion branches across British Columbia were out in full force to aid those affected by the wildfires that spread through the province this summer. In a letter to branches in July, Sandy Reiser, executive director of British Columbia/Yukon Command, sent out a call for help: “We do not know how long this state of...

Canadian veterans’ graves marked in California

November 30, 2017 by Cameron Cathcart
Strolling through the Inglewood Park Cemetery, east of Los Angeles, in 2003, Charles Brechin, then the president of California Branch of The Royal Canadian Legion in Vista, California, struck up a conversation with a cemetery groundskeeper. He was told that “about six” Canadian veterans were buried nearby in unmarked graves. Brechin asked for a...
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