Day: June 5, 2014

Witness to Remembrance

Return To Juno Beach 2014

Alan Roy is a Canadian veteran visiting France for the celebrations for the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Yesterday, I watched as a Canadian D-Day veteran was mobbed in front of the Juno Beach Centre. Dan Gallipeau, a Life Member of the Legion from Montreal had a lineup of Canadian visitors, French locals and a few U.S. tourists waiting to speak with him and to offer their thanks. Dan switched back and forth between French and English languages with ease as he conversed with each individual and stood for pictures.  He created such a stir that two local police officers saluted and came over to meet him. Then a CTV team asked if they could interview him.   The amount of vintage military vehicles that I have seen on the highways traveling to Caen and then to the landing beaches h...
Humour Hunt

Humour Hunt

Rear-Admiral William Landymore didn’t endear himself to Defence Minister Paul Hellyer when he fought the good fight against service unification. But Canadian sailors loved him, partly because he was unstuffy. Here is a Landymore story recounted by Bill Murdock of Wallaceburg, Ont., former able seaman: “Our ship (HMCS Bonaventure) was returning to Halifax from NATO exercises when we received an emergency request for fuel from a U.S. Navy destroyer that was making top speed for the Azores with an ill seaman. “We changed course and radioed the Yanks to come alongside for refuelling. Before they showed up, our captain (Landymore) had the flight deck crew paint a huge sign on canvas. The crews of both ships chuckled when it was hoisted: ‘ALL U.S. CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED HERE.’ ” &nbs...

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