Month: September 2009

O Canada

The Last Veteran Of The Plains Of Abraham

A Union Jack snaps in the breeze on a sunny, but chilly November morning. It’s hoisted high on the Quebec City cliff where the St. Lawrence River narrows. Dignitaries have gathered in the Jardin des Gouverneurs near the Chateau St. Louis, the fortress quarters for governors of New France and British North America dating back more than two centuries to Champlain. It is 1827 and the officials are there to lay the cornerstone for the monument to General James Wolfe and Marquis Louis-Joseph de Montcalm. At the ceremony, dressed in full regalia befitting such an important occasion, are top officers with the British garrison in Quebec City and grand masters of the Masonic Lodge which has taken on the monument project. The skirl of the highlanders’ pipes wafts into the labyrinthine street...
Pilgrimages

Exploring The Battlefields

Every teacher since Plato has probably heard the same complaint more than once: “History is nothing but a bunch of boring names and dates!” For a number of Canadian students, however, our country’s military history has become so much more than that, thanks to the efforts of veterans, high school teachers, professors and other adults interested in ensuring that our soldiers’ efforts are not forgotten. In November 2008, for instance, some 1,400 high school students and 200 teachers from across Canada visited Ortona, a strategic port on Italy’s east coast where Canadians fought a brutal battle in 1943 (Into Ortona Then And Now, March/April). The trip, which included stops at other historic locations, was the culmination of months of preparation. By the time many of the students arri...
News

Manitoba-Northwestern Ontario Command 44th Convention

Looking To The Future In Winnipeg Standing under the shadow of Golden Boy, the famed statue on top of the Manitoba Legislature Building, Manitoba–Northwestern Ontario Command President Roland Fisette said, “This parade is only a rehearsal for next year.” The parade he was referring to was the one that would open the 44th Manitoba– Northwestern Ontario Command convention held June 14-16 in Winnipeg. Next year referred to the parade which will kick off the 43rd dominion convention when it is held in Winnipeg in 2010. And so it was with an eye on the future that the command met in the historic Marlborough Hotel in downtown Winnipeg where veterans organizations gathered in 1925 for the unity conference that led to the founding of The Royal Canadian Legion. The parade went well unde...
News

Readers’ Quiz Answers

The theme for the September/October Readers’ Quiz was simply the Second World War. Here are the answers to the quiz that appeared on page 89 of the magazine. The Royal Rifles of Canada and the Winnipeg Grenadiers. The Mid-Ocean Escort Force, which protected convoys between Newfoundland and Northern Ireland.  It was designed to shorten convoy routes, allow ships access to better facilities, and shift escorts from the mid-Atlantic to the North American coast. Helena, Montana.  This unit, under a U.S. commander, was a paratroop-trained commando force. The Tribal class.  Four of these destroyers served with the Royal Canadian Navy during the war; four more entered service in the three years following the war’s conclusion. Wellington, Halifax, and Lancaster. Sicily, specifically t...
Robert Semeniuk
War Art

Robert Semeniuk

In an issue that focuses on Canadian youth and explores our role in teaching and encouraging them to understand military history and remembrance, it is important to acknowledge that in some countries, veterans include the very young. Those kids carry the burden of war both as victim and perpetrator, and Canadian photographer Robert Semeniuk has witnessed that cost first-hand. His powerful images rank with some of the most affecting war art of our time. There is an odd similarity in the faces of his young subjects; a stillness, and that want of emotion, combined with such gritty subject matter, is riveting and disconcerting. They have been used as iconic symbols in the battle to stop landmines, and draw attention to improving world health. He describes the scene when he photograp...
Serving You

Legion Teams Up With Military Family Services

The Royal Canadian Legion is reaching out to modern veterans, military members and families through a new partnership with Directorate Military Family Services (DMFS). Though the two organizations have always been friendly, the Legion and DMFS are now solidifying their relationship and encouraging collaboration, information sharing and new partnerships at the local and national levels. “We feel that it is a necessity to come together,” says Pierre Allard, director of the Dominion Command Service Bureau. “We see how military family service organizations are transforming, and we want to make sure the Legion is part of that evolution.” Partnerships between local Legion branches and Military Family Resource Centres (MFRCs) are already well underway in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Albert...

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