Day: July 1, 2013

On This Date

On This Date: July 2013

JULY 1, 1916 The Battle of the Somme begins. At Beaumont Hamel, the Newfoundland Regiment advances into point blank fire from German machine guns. Only 68 of 801 who went into battle answered roll call the next day. JULY 2, 1942 British forces stop Rommel at El Alamein, Egypt. JULY 3, 1814 American General Jacob Brown crosses the Niagara River with 4,500 troops and surrounds Fort Erie. JULY 4, 1955 A group of anti-submarine torpedo specialists take to the air as sonar operators for six Sikorsky H04S-3s in a new navy anti-submarine helicopter squadron. JULY 5, 1900 In South Africa, Sergeant Arthur Richardson of the Lord Strathcona’s Horse earns the Victoria Cross. JULY 6, 1944 His Majesty’s Canadian ships Ottawa and Kootenay and His Majesty’s Ship Statice ...
Flashpoint Korea
Military History

Flashpoint Korea

Sixty years after it was signed, the Korea Armistice Agreement is still very much in the news. In March, the North Korean military declared the agreement nullified and began making more threats. It all comes at a time when veterans of the war are attending 60th anniversary commemorations to remember fallen comrades as well as their own time on the peninsula.     The Korean war broke out on June 25, 1950, when the Soviet-trained and equipped army of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) invaded the Republic of Korea (South Korea) in a blatant effort to unite the peninsula by force. The fighting ended with the signing of the Korea Armistice Agreement between the United Nations Command, the Republic of Korea, China and North Korea on July 27, 1953. The war cost te...
War Of 1812

1812 Journal – Then And Now

The War of 1812 lasted from the American declaration of war on Great Britain in June 1812 to the ratification of the Treaty of Ghent in February 1815. Each article in our Then & Now Journal consists of two parts. The “Then” portion describes events of the war in the same two-month time frame as 200 years ago. The “Now” portion highlights existing memorials, museums, battlefields, fortifications and other sites as well as various commemorative events. Space does not permit us to list every event, and so we encourage you to investigate what may be happening in your area or any event that may be of interest. Then July 5: A small British/Canadian force raids American depot at Fort Schlosser, near Buffalo, N.Y.; captures three boats and military stores. July 8: Skirmish between ...
Travelling About

Travelling About: July/August 2013 Five Things To Do And See

1. Explore The History Of Peace Over the span of this country’s history, many Canadians have taken action to make peace possible—and this is their exhibit. Billed as the first major exhibition to explore the many ways Canadians have acted for peace, it features more than 300 unique and important artifacts depicting those who acted as negotiators, provided humanitarian aid, shouldered arms or demonstrated against wars and weapons. Peace Exhibition July 1, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014 Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, ON 2. Experience East Coast Military Tradition The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo is a week-long event held every year in Halifax that features educational workshops, free festival events and a daily two-and-a-half hour show packed with bagpipes, hi...

The Dog—And Horse And Cat—Days Of Summer

Companion animals and service animals are now pretty familiar to Canadians. They help and support people with physical or mental challenges to go about the tasks of daily living. Now it’s been discovered that animals can help in therapy for such conditions as post-traumatic stress disorder. Dogs, cats, horses, llamas—even dolphins—have been used in therapy sessions. The Mayo Clinic says animal-assisted therapy “can significantly reduce pain, anxiety, depression and fatigue in people with a range of health problems.” West Coast veteran Paul Farrugia, who has post-traumatic stress disorder, credits his service dog Perry for bringing him out into the community. A handler whose sniffer dogs detected explosives and weapons in war zones like Afghanistan as well as victims of the 2004 t...

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