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Month: January 2012


Work Still To Be Done As Charter Amendments Come Into Effect

Thousands of injured veterans are beginning to benefit from enhancements to the New Veterans Charter which came into effect in October. But veterans advocates say there is still work to be done to make this “living charter” more responsive to the needs of veterans and their families. The changes reflect those that were passed in the House of Commons and Senate in March, just days before the 2011 federal election was called (Passed At The Last Minute, Editorial, May/June). The federal government has committed $189 million over the next five years to ensure support for seriously injured Canadian Forces veterans, Veterans Affairs Minister Steven Blaney said at a news conference at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.  He said it’s expected up to $2 billion will be spent over the life of t...
Letters From Bill

Letters From Bill – [Undated]

Pte. Cameron, W.G. F56192 Hospital-in-Field B.L.A.   Dear Family, I am in a hospital in France and am not strong enough to write myself, a girl in the Red Cross is doing it for me. I was wounded on the 20th of July and since then have been moving from one hospital to another. I am feeling much better now and the doctors do not think it will be so very long until I am back in the rest centre in England. I haven’t received any mail since being wounded, but the Regiment probably keeps track of me…. Aubrey Bruce was also wounded but I have not been able to find out how seriously. Don’t worry about me because there is nothing to worry about. I’ll write at the very first opportunity. Give my best regards to everybody. Lots of love to all, Bill
The Rush For Rubber
Home Front

The Rush For Rubber

On Dec. 7, 1941, in a co-ordinated strike without equal in the annals of war, the Japanese wrought havoc on units of the United States Pacific Fleet in a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, invaded the Philippines and Hong Kong, assumed control of Saigon and the rest of French Indochina, landed invading forces at two points on the northeast coast of Malaya, and bombed Singapore. Other units headed for key invasion points in Sarawak, North Borneo and the Dutch East Indies. Using bicycles as their principal means of transport through the Malayan rubber plantations, the Japanese advanced swiftly and silently, outwitting and outdistancing the British, Australian and Indian defenders. These co-ordinated attacks gave Japan control of the Indian Ocean and severed the artery of the Allied rubber ...
Letters From Bill

Letters From Bill – Aug. 3, 1944

Canadian National Telegram From: 1 CK 66th 2 EXGB Ottawa ON To:  Mrs. Ida Cameron, Report Delivery, Hopewell NS 19514 Minister of National Defence sincerely regrets to inform you F56192 Private Willard Gordon Cameron has now been officially reported dangerously ill thirtieth July 1944 as result wounds received in action twenty first July 1944 previously reported by telegram stop Nature of wound now reported as wound chest stop When any further information becomes available it will be forwarded as soon as received. Director of Records 815 AM

The first Star Spangled Banner

Did you know that Canada played a role in the birth of the  national anthem of the United States and its national motto? They both date from the War of 1812. The anthem was derived from a poem by Francis Scott Key, The Defence of Fort McHenry, about the bombardment of the fort by the British Royal Navy in Chesapeake Bay.  We're pretty familiar with the first verse, but there were four--which can be heard in a Youtube video, unfamiliar verses first. The words "In God We Trust" are in the fourth stanza, adopted as the national motto in 1956. The Fort McHenry garrison flag, the original star spangled banner, has been preserved as  a United States national treasure at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.Out of the war also came two of American history's most memorable patriotic ...

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