Month: January 2008


Veterans Organizations And Legion Discuss The Way Ahead

Representatives from 14 veterans organizations met with Legion officials at Legion House in Kanata, Ont., Nov. 16 to discuss developing a closer relationship. Legion Honorary Grand President Charles Belzile, the chairman of the Dominion Command Veterans Unity Committee, chaired the meeting which was also attended by Dominion President Jack Frost, Dominion Secretary Duane Daly and Membership Committee Chairman Erl Kish. Also representing the Legion at the meeting were Defence Committee Chairman Lou Cuppens and member Buster Brown and Lewis MacKenzie, a member of the Veterans Unity Committee. The Legion provided a full briefing on the Legion’s organization and the range and strength of its various programs. The Legion was founded in 1926 when the Great War Veterans Association brou...

Ottawa hosts next Dominion Convention

“The Dominion Executive Council has directed that the convention call be issued to all commands, branches and sections of The Royal Canadian Legion to assemble their delegates in Ottawa, Ont., on June 21, 2008, for the 42nd dominion convention. This convention call is issued in accordance with Section 901 of the General By-laws.” —Dominion Secretary Duane Daly Prince Floris and Princess Aimée of the Netherlands are to be the guests of honour in Ottawa at the 42nd Royal Canadian Legion dominion convention, June 21 to 25. The nation’s capital provides a fitting backdrop for the convention whose theme this year is Freedom and Democracy: Our Veterans’ Legacy. About 1,500 delegates plus observers and guests will meet at the Ottawa Congress Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive, by the Rideau C...

Maintaining The Silent “Cities of Stone”

Anyone visiting one of the cemeteries maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission will be struck by the beauty and simplicity and the uniformity of the place. But maintaining that look is an ongoing challenge for the commission. Much of the work is done in the town of Beaurains, near Arras in northern France. Pilgrims on the The Royal Canadian Legion’s Youth Leaders Pilgrimage of Remembrance glimpsed the amount and quality of work when it visited the war graves commission’s workshops while on the tour in July (The Remembrance Odyssey, November/December). The commission which celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2007, oversees the commemoration of the dead from World War I and World II as well as looking after other memorials under contract to other government bodies...

Heavy-Lift Aircraft Arrive at Trenton

The main thing to know about the CC-117 Globemaster III—Canada’s newest military aircraft—is that it is very large and very powerful. It is thunderously large and powerful, in fact. And that’s not an exaggeration. Should you find yourself sitting at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan when one of these aircraft takes off you will almost certainly feel your skull vibrate and your hair shimmy as everything around you starts to shake itself loose. The Boeing C-117 Globemaster, referred to in its Canadian Forces nomenclature as a CC-117, is a strategic, heavy-lift aircraft. It can move up to 77,500 kilograms of equipment and supplies—including tanks, armoured vehicles or enough food to feed a small city—and it can move all this to pretty much any runway in the world. The CC-117 is such a bi...

Job Placement program Unveiled

The more than 2,000 Canadian Forces personnel who leave the service each year now have a bridge to help them with the transition to careers, jobs—even to starting their own businesses, thanks to a job placement program launched in Oct. 25 by Veterans Affairs Canada. “This program will be a key tool to support our members leaving military service and will also help us in our ongoing effort to recruit Canada’s finest men and women to join the Canadian Forces,” said Laurie Hawn, parliamentary secretary to the minister of National Defence at a news conference in Ottawa. The aim is to fit people “into a fully satisfying civilian career,” Monika Morrow, vice-president of Right Management, said in an interview with Legion Magazine. The career transition and consulting firm that has won the...

Soldier Named Canada’s Veterans Ombudsman

The interests of veterans and their families will be not only the first thing on the agenda of Canada’s first Veterans Ombudsman, but “the only thing,” said Colonel Patrick Stogran at the Oct. 15 announcement of his appointment to the post. Emphasizing his role will be one of collaboration and communication, “I’m here to listen,” the seasoned soldier told the crowd of about 100 veterans and their families invited to hear the announcement by Veterans Affairs Minister Gregory Thompson. Stogran’s long military career began as a rifle platoon commander with the 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in Victoria shortly after graduating from Royal Roads Military College in 1980. He was mentioned-in-dispatches in 1994 for courage under fire while serving in Bosnia. H...



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