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Month: January 2009


A Checklist For Care

Working to ensure the well-being of veterans in long-term care facilities requires ongoing vigilance. Across the country there are thousands of Legionnaires dedicated to this role. They are the volunteers who take the time to regularly visit veterans. In order to assist them and the families of veterans, The Royal Canadian Legion’s Veterans, Service and Seniors Committee developed the Legion Family Guidelines for Long Term Care. Copies of the guidelines can be obtained by writing to the Director of the Dominion Command Service Bureau, 86 Aird Place, Kanata, ON, K2L 0A1. Here is an abbreviated vision of what you’ll find: Safety and Security A long-term care facility in effect becomes a veteran’s home. Veterans should experience a level of security, safety, dignity and comfort tha...

Visiting The Veterans

Every day for two years Francis Christian, a dedicated member of Vimy Branch in Halifax, N.S., made his way to the Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Building for a very special visit to one of its residents. Christian was there—seven days a week—to make sure a former RCMP colleague got at least one good meal a day when he was no longer able to feed himself. “I’d known him for 50 years,” though their relationship blossomed in his friend’s final days, says Christian, now 85. “I went in every day to spoon-feed him.” Two years ago, he was called in for the family vigil when his friend died. “It hurt to say goodbye; we were just like family.” But a bruised heart hasn’t kept Christian from the work he loves; he’s still a fixture at Camp Hill, visiting at least three or four times a week. “He...

Small Town Cheers Deploying Troops

Troops bound for Afghanistan got an unexpected send-off this fall as they made a short stop in the eastern Ontario town of Tweed while en route between Canadian Forces Base Petawawa and Trenton where they caught their flight overseas. Legionnaires, schoolchildren, veterans and members of the community, 55 kilometres east of Trenton, greeted several busloads of soldiers that arrived at the local Tim Hortons franchise and Tweed Branch between Sept. 8 and Oct. 8. “It all started innocently enough but ended with fanfare reserved for royalty,” said District F Public Relations Chairman Mary Ann Goheen. Tweed Branch was challenged by Jimmie Clark Branch in Northbrook, 30 kilometres away, to match their contribution to the RCL Troop Morale Fund. “Tweed Branch President Pat Thomas addresse...
Defence Today

Left Of The Boom

The feeling has been described by survivors as falling. Also as soaring. There’s a flash and a shrieking darkness and then the weightless moments of maximum kinetic terror when the detonation blasts you beyond gravity. After the boom there is just distorted wreckage, and dust and pain and shouting, for the survivors at least. All the armour in the world and it just doesn’t really matter. The vehicles get tougher but the blasts get bigger. There is simply no good way to keep Canadian soldiers safe once they get caught in the boom of the roadside bombs, the suicide bombs, the double-stacked shells of ancient Russian ordnance, the white Toyota Corollas packed with cheap dynamite, simply no way to protect them once they get hit by any of the things now known as Improvised Explosive Devi...

Wartime Food Van Gets Ready For Display

It’s not all that easy to restore a 67-year-old truck. Just ask Jim Whitham, the collections manager at the Canadian War Museum, as he’s just spent many, many months working on—and trying to find parts for—a 1941 Fordson model E83 that was used in England during the Second World War as an emergency food van. But now he’s almost done. They’re still waiting on a few parts to arrive from England in order to get the old girl running again, but at least the cosmetic restoration is done. And quite a restoration it was, as The Royal Canadian Legion donated $5,000 to the Friends of the Canadian War Museum—approved by Dominion Executive Council in 2008—to help out with the costs of the project. “We bought the van in 1999 for $10, 000,” said Angus Brown, president of the Friends of the C...

Readers’ Quiz Answers

Here are the answers to the Readers’ Quiz that we introduced in the January/February 2009 issue of Legion Magazine. The Distant Early Warning Line or DEW Line. It was built by the United States government and designed to detect incoming Soviet bombers. The Maple Leaf. The name has been resurrected for the weekly newspaper of the Canadian Forces. John Robert Osborn. Osborn led a bayonet charge to Mount Butler and later in the fighting threw himself on a Japanese grenade in order to save the lives of the men around him. The Ross rifle. Developed by Sir Charles Ross, the Ross rifle was an adequate hunting rifle but jammed with repeated firing and in less than ideal conditions. The Veterans Charter. New legislation introduced in 2006 aimed at helping veterans and serving members of...

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