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Day: May 1, 2014

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70th Anniversary of D-Day, 1944-2014

Commemorations for the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Campaign will soon be underway. Here are a few facts, quotes and graphics on D-Day. Author/historian Mark Zuehlke provides a detailed look at Canada’s contribution during the first week. READ THE FULL STORY AVAILABLE IN OUR MAY/JUNE 2014 NEWSSTAND ISSUE.
The Caribbean Commitment: The Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League Meets In Barbados
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The Caribbean Commitment: The Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League Meets In Barbados

  “Dis is where de blood run down de blade,” the old soldier grinned, pointing to a long groove in his rusted sword. “If you’re going to de war, dey always tell you got to go and charge...you want to kill dem. Aaaaaarrrhhh! Bring it!”  With that brief explanation, Second World War veteran Leon Watts parried and lunged, dancing over his plywood floor like an old musketeer. Watts is one of many Caribbean veterans from the South Caribbean Forces who answered the call when Britain was in need during the First and Second World Wars. As their nations gained independence, many of these veterans received little or no help from their governments and since they were no longer British citizens they were left to fend for themselves. The Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League (RCEL...
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Find-Share-Discuss: May/June 2014

True Wartime Service: A Family Story Russell, John, Wilfred, Lawrence, Eric and Harold. What do these lads have in common? Well, let’s start with their last name—True. All six boys—the sons of Henry and Bertha True of Ottawa—served Canada in time of war. One of them—Wilfred—made the ultimate sacrifice during the Normandy Campaign in the Second World War. In all, Henry and Bertha had 16 children; 11 sons and five daughters. Two of their sons died within the first year of birth. In addition to the six who served, the Trues had three other boys who were deemed medically unfit for military service. First to join the military was Russell, in early 1941. When he left home, he was 22 years old and his young wife was pregnant. Russell’s service with the Royal Canadian Engi...

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