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Month: June 2012


Bomber Command Memorial unveiled

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh today  unveiled the Bomber Command Memorial in London, an event captured for online viewing here. The memorial features  statues of a seven-man bomber crew  sheltered by a roof incorporating sections of aluminum recovered from a Handley Page Halifax III bomber shot down over Belgium. It honours the sacrifice of 55,573 airmen, including 9,980 Canadians,  who died defending Britain and driving back the Nazis. It is also a symbol of reconciliation: Germany donated 25,000 British pounds for a new tree next to the monument in Green Park. Following the unveiling there was a flypast during which poppies were scattered over the memorial by a Lancaster bomber. The Canadian government is creating a special bar for Bomber Command veterans to wear on th...
Letters From Katherine

Letters From Katherine

Editor’s note: an undated letter fragment.   …I have many fond recollections of them. I have many pictures taken, both on leave and at Eastbourne. I was just thinking that I might get a complete series printed for you and if you desire them I shall forward them along. Maud had the complete set but I don’t think she sent them home. Pictures surely are a consolation and I feel so thankful that I have the large picture of her. It has proved a great comfort. This morning’s papers show the care given to the burial grounds in France and it is comforting to learn of the respect shown to our heroes even under circumstances as found in France. Could you give me some idea of Christy’s esteem for me from things she had written home? It seems strange to ask such a question but it would be ...

Legion Magazine Finalist For Prestigious 2012 Pierre Berton Award

For the first time since the inception of the Pierre Berton Award – Canada’s most prestigious history honour – a national magazine may be named as the winner. Legion Magazine, continuously published for almost a century, is a finalist for this year’s coveted Governor General’s History Award. The nomination was announced Thursday, June 21 in Winnipeg by Canada’s National History Society, a national charitable organization devoted to popularizing Canadian history. In naming Legion Magazine, the society noted the magazine began publishing in 1926 and has over the past two decades evolved into “an engaging and attractive popular magazine that focuses on all aspects of Canada’s military past.” The magazine’s print readership reaches almost 620,000 but a growing book and online ...
Health File

Health File

Just A Few Steps A Day What is the single best thing we can do for our health? Exercise. Just a half hour a day, advises Toronto family physician Dr. Mike Evans, whose popular video 23 and ½ hours, has gone viral on YouTube. (He does make the point that more is better and kids need at least one active hour every day). The video, netted more than two million viewers in the first couple of months. And judging by the comments posted on the site, it has spurred some reluctant exercisers to take a healthy dose of his advice. You may wonder why. It’s not a new message, after all. The secret is in the delivery. Although it’s a lecture, Evans isn’t wagging his finger. Yes, he does cite research that shows exercise reduces pain, helps prevent or stave off chronic diseases, imp...

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