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Our man in Tehran

January 22, 2018 by Sharon Adams

In nearly two and a half centuries, the United States has recognized outstanding civilian achievements with the Congressional Gold Medal. It is a rare honour; just over 150 have been awarded to groups or individuals since 1776. Of those, just 31 have been struck for non-American individuals, including one Canadian—diplomat Ken Taylor. By secretly hiding…

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Born on the first of July

January 19, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne

Rob Purvis was 20 years old when he, Butch, Larry and Billy—school buddies from Winnipeg—crossed the border and joined the United States Army in Fargo, N.D. It was 1968, they needed work and they yearned for adventure. They got work, all right, and more adventure than they had bargained for. They all wanted to go…

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Crowfoot’s lament

January 17, 2018 by Don Gillmor

After Confederation, the West was being transformed. A railway was being built, uniting the country but displacing both the bison and the First Nations. Soldiers and settlers were arriving. Louis Riel was trying to gather support for his rebellion. In 1879, Crowfoot, chief of the Siksika First Nation and one of the most influential chiefs…

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Meeting in Panmunjom

January 17, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne

When senior officials from the two Koreas met for the first time in more than two years on Jan. 9, they did not do it in just any old place. They chose Panmunjom, a bizarre village that contrasts armed military standoff with tourist attraction. Known as the truce (or peace) village, Panmunjom is where the…

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...
  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...
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