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Month: September 2013


Bike Ride Pays Tribute To Fallen Soldier

A new fundraising bike ride started in the National Capital Region in June. Boomer’s Legacy fundraising bike ride started June 9 at Canadian Forces Station (CFS) Leitrim. Boomer’s Legacy is a 100 per cent Canadian charitable foundation that was founded by Maureen Eykelenboom to commemorate the loss of her son, Corporal Andrew “Boomer” Eykelenboom. Eykelenboom, a member of the 1st Field Ambulance, was killed in Afghanistan by a suicide bomber in 2006. One of the objectives of the foundation is to “help our soldiers help others.” Maureen adds, “It’s also to give support and recognition to those people who lace up their boots and are willing to put their lives on the line to help someone else and to remember our fallen and the price that has been paid throughout the years so that we can...
Letters From The Bowes Brothers

Letters From The Bowes Brothers – June 29, 1917 Somewhere in France

My dear Mother and Family, I saw quite a few of the [Boissevain] boys last night and all were well and looking fine but not any too anxious to get back in the line. I did not see Lance Simpson as he got pretty badly wounded last trip in but so far he is doing all OK. So I believe today is the start of conscription in Canada. I hope Elliott does not go as I think for one family we sure have our share of hardship and sacrifice without having Elliott away from home. I know if I was in his place I would fight it to the last ditch for his place is home and I would sure rather see him at home than here. If he has to come he can join as a vet and have a bomb-proof job anyway. I believe this affair is just about over for we go anyplace we want to now. But it can’t come any too soon for me...
Killing MiGs In Korea
Air Force

Killing MiGs In Korea

It may suprise some that all three branches of the Canadian armed forces were busy in the cold, turbulent air over Korea between 1950 and 1953. Their experiences are not well known, but they did their duty by attacking ground targets and engaging MiG-15s. The transpacific airlift in support of United Nations forces in Korea was the Royal Canadian Air Forces’ largest contribution during the 1950-53 war (Operation Hawk: The Korean Airlift, July/August), but it was not the only operation that drew Canadian airmen to the peninsula. “Thou shalt have air superiority” is the first rule of air power, and this was quickly achieved after war broke out in June 1950. By the end of August, the North Korean Air Force was eliminated, and all airfields in North Korea were thereafter attacked ru...
Letters From The Bowes Brothers

Letters From The Bowes Brothers – June10, 1917 Somewhere in France

This is one of the few surviving letters in the collection that Clifford addresses to his father, Joseph, a travelling salesman. The last portion of the letter is missing. Dear Dad, Your long-looked-for letter arrived yesterday and I sure was glad to hear from you once more. Not getting mail very regular these days as we got none at all for about four weeks and then we have been getting letters which left home ahead of the ones we should have had before. Well, we have been doing some fierce fighting these last few months but I think I will be out of it from now on as I am at the transport lines. I would just as soon be up the line myself but I have Mother to think of now as I know what a blow the boys’ death must have been to her without getting word from me. The boys’ grave...
News, Our Veterans

New Brunswick Comes Through In Eight-Ball Championship

The trend continues and the home team reigns supreme. Team New Brunswick took top honours at the second Dominion Command Eight-Ball Championship. Over an absolutely rain-drenched weekend May 25-26 in the provincial capital of Fredericton, the host team took the title, just as British Columbia/Yukon Command had when it was host to the initial eight- ball tournament in Victoria. It wasn’t a decisive win. Atlantic rival Nova Scotia/Nunavut came in only three wins behind. Manitoba-Northwestern Ontario and Ontario nipped at their heels with just four wins away from the title and tied for third. Fredericton Branch, which overlooks the St. John River, was host to the newest of Dominion Command sports. Joining time-honoured favourites of cribbage, curling and darts, the specifics of the ...

Korean War Veterans Day Established

Canada's Korean War veterans were given new recognition in June when Parliament passed a law declaring that Korean War Veterans Day be held each year on July 27. Governor General David Johnston signed the bill giving royal assent on June 19. The date was chosen since the Korea Armistice Agreement separating North and South Korea along the 38th Parallel was signed July 27, 1953. Later in June, Korean War veterans were honoured again with a weekend of activities in the Ottawa area, marking the 63rd anniversary of the start of the three-year war. Receptions and a gala dinner were held and a new exhibit titled Korea 60 opened at the Canadian War Museum. Korea 60 features many images taken from the personal photographs of the Canadian soldiers who were there. The exhibit runs until...

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