Month: March 2013

Letters From The Bowes Brothers

Letters From The Bowes Brothers – Aug. 14, 1916 Bearwood Convalescent Home, Wokingham, England

Dear Mother and Evelyn, Your welcome and lovely letters arrived on Saturday, I am sorry to hear my letters were so short but , Mother, just try and imagine yourself cooped up in the one place for months and then try to write a letter and see how hard a job you have on your hands. I suppose Jim and my pals are somewhere in France. My how I wish I had been with them but I expect my time will come all in good time. That is if I don’t get cut out when I go before the medical board. I am sorry you are worried about my condition but I am fine although not extra strong as that abscess drained the last ounce of strength out of me and it will be months yet before I am as strong as I was before my sickness. However, that is just a matter of time and care. I was glad I was sick over here for I wou...
Our Veterans

Year Of The Korean War Veteran Announced

The “forgotten war” will be remembered in 2013. This year is the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Korea Armistice Agreement and Veteran Affairs Minister Steven Blaney has announced that the government will mark 2013 as the Year of the Korean War Veteran. “It is our duty today to pay tribute to more than 26,000 Canadian men and women in uniform who came to the aid of South Koreans during the Korean War,” he said at a news conference Jan. 8 at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa.  Legion Magazine was one of a number of invited guests at the event. The magazine’s chairman, Tom Eagles, was invited to say a few words about Canvet’s special edition titled Korea: The Forgotten War 1950-53. After thanking the 16 Korean War veterans there, Eagles said, “This publication on the K...
Letters From The Bowes Brothers

Letters From The Bowes Brothers – July 30, 1916 Camp Hughes, Manitoba

My Dear Mother, You haven’t sent my money belt up yet. I wish you would as I have no place to carry money safely and don’t want to leave it in my tent as it isn’t at all safe. Myrtle Hakings is up today. Fred is showing her the camp. My cold is dandy again, so you needed worry about it. There were a lot of people in camp yesterday. Ida Scott was down from Rapid City and Fred was in his glory. Fred’s cold is O.K. again. It was more of a chill than a cold, I believe. Archie Flockhart is still in the hospital with measles but is not very sick. None of the rest of them have them although the rest of Flockhart’s tent have been isolated. I am going back to #16 platoon tomorrow. Lieutenant wants me and, as I am not at all particular, it was easily arranged as #15 was over strength. Was to c...
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Canada and the Holocaust

Many young Canadians may be unaware Canada has any connection to the Holocaust, the Nazi extermination program that claimed six million Jewish people and millions of others during the Second World War. That is about to change as Canada assumes chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance . In his speech at the hand-over ceremony in Berlin, new Chairman Dr. Mario Silva said that in addition to international work, Canada plans a number of national initiatives to increase understanding at home of the Holocaust. Canadians liberated Kamp Westerbork in Holland in April, 1945. This is where a few weeks before the end of the war young diarist Anne Frank boarded a train for Bergen-Belsen and her death. Canadian units  integrated into the British Army helped liberate Bergen...
This Week In Military History

These Are The Results For The Week Of March 11 – March 17

03/11/1935 Established by an act of Parliament the previous year, the Bank of Canada officially begins operations and becomes Canada’s central bank. 03/11/1985 The Soviet people have a new leader in Mikhail Gorbachev. 03/12/1857 One of Canada’s worst rail disasters occurs on the outskirts of Hamilton. Nearly 60 people die and 18 more are injured in the passenger train crash at the Desjardins Canal. 03/12/2000 The Royal 22nd Regiment ends operations with United Nations peacekeepers in East Timor. 03/13/1951 Communist forces began a withdrawal across all fronts in the Korea War. 03/13/1964 Operation Snowgoose begins with Royal Canadian Air Force Yukon transport aircraft delivering troops and equipment to the newly created peacekeeping force in Cyprus. 03/14/1933...
Bruce Stewart
War Art

Bruce Stewart

Inspiration can come from the strangest places. For Ottawa artist Bruce Stewart the idea to paint the military ran down his street three years ago. He explains, “I live...across from the rehab centre and...this great, big guy on two metal legs came jogging down my street and he ran past me... I sorta shook my head and said that’s Afghanistan... I have to do something about it. So I started doing something about it.” Stewart created a series of five paintings titled Road Walkers, using colours and patterns from the military camouflage from Afghanistan to paint the figures and backgrounds. This artist is a traditionalist, and still mixes much of his paint by hand, using earth pigments and oils. Throughout this series he used a pea-soup coloured palette which is evocative of the chlor...

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