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Month: March 2014

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Campaign Starts For Vimy Centre

A new education centre of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial site in France will be one of the federal government’s highlights in commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World War. The creation of the new centre, to open in April 2017, was announced in the 2013 federal budget which set aside $5 million for the project. Fronting the campaign to raise an additional $10 million is the Toronto-based Vimy Foundation. Fundraising efforts started with the Give A Vimy For Vimy campaign. The foundation is calling the new polymer $20 bill a Vimy since it features an image of the monument on the back. Dominion Command of The Royal Canadian Legion was one of the first supporters committing $5,000 to the project. Education First (EF) Tours, which is involved in bringing school gr...
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Branch Renamed After Fallen Soldier

It is a question being asked at Legion branches across Canada—what is a good way to reach out to Afghan veterans, to connect with them and show them the Legion is there to be of service?  In Kingston, Ont., at what was known as Amherstview Branch, President Gord Rittwage came up with a plan—to rename the branch. It wasn’t exactly a new plan—Legion branches have long been named after soldiers—but Rittwage would be at the absolute leading edge in another aspect: his plan was to rename the branch after an Afghan veteran. Specifically, he wanted to rename the branch in honour of a soldier from Kingston who died in Afghanistan—Captain Matt Dawe. Dawe was killed on July 4, 2007, when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device. Five other Canadians died in the same blast. Dawe wa...
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War Museum Acquires Herman Good Victoria Cross

With the centennial of the start of the First World War approaching, the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa announced in December that it had acquired the Victoria Cross awarded to New Brunswick native Herman Good. The Victoria Cross and other medals awarded to Good are part of a collection of memorabilia, including his khaki field jacket and regimental balmoral cap. Also included is an inscribed gold watch which was presented to him by the town of Bathurst, N.B., and photographs of Good and his brother Ernest Robert Good, who was killed in action. “Medals such as Sergeant Good’s Victoria Cross help us tell the story of Canada’s role in the First World War,” said museum Director General James Whitham in a news release. “As we approach the centenary it is more important than ever to co...
Humour Hunt

Humour Hunt

Albert Ganser of Provost, Alta., told the magazine he was making his first Anson flight in 1942 at Mossbank, Sask., and asked the Royal Canadian Air Force (Women’s Division) parachute packer how the chute worked.  She replied: “If you don’t use it right the first time, you don’t have to worry.”
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Volunteers Working On North Star Restoration

You have to be careful opening up the panels covering the engines, you never know if a bird or some animal might have made its home there. That’s one lesson a group of dedicated volunteers has learned in its 10 years of painstaking work restoring a Royal Canadian Air Force North Star aircraft at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa. The aircraft had sat neglected outside the museum for years. “Essentially, the RCAF flew this one into the Rockcliffe Airport when it was decommissioned. It sat in a field until Robert Holmgren said someone should do something about it,” said project manager Bruce Gemmill. The airplane had been stripped of its non-essential gear and turned over to what was then the National Aeronautical Collection, housed in hangars built during the Second Wo...
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Humour Hunt

Vera Muxlow of Strathroy, Ont., swears that when she joined the Canadian Women’s Army Corps (CWACs) in 1942 some of her fellow recruits, obeying instructions on how to keep their buttons clean, went immediately to the canteen and asked for elbow grease.

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