Month: February 2016

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Humour Hunt

Irene Wert of Quinton, Sask., sends this funny-sad account of a visit to the United States:                                                 “I was shopping with an American friend in Tucson, Ariz., on Remembrance Day, or Veterans’ Day as it is called in the U.S. I mentioned that in Canada banks, schools and stores all close on Nov. 11. She looked at me with great surprise and said: ‘Really? I think that’s just wonderful that your country would do that for our boys.’”
Humour Hunt

Humour Hunt

Janet Wilcox of Gander, Nfld., says her granddaughter, Allison, had just started school and was asked why she had a holiday on Nov.11. She replied: “It’s for all poppies and grandpoppies who helped to fight the war.”
The bomb girls of Ajax
Home Front

The bomb girls of Ajax

During the Second World War, more than 2,300 women from across Canada were recruited to work in the DIL munitions factory When Louise Johnson got the call to contribute to Canada’s war effort in November 1942, she accepted immediately and never looked back or regretted her decision. The former Saskatchewan farm girl was 18 and working at Saskatoon City Hospital when she was recruited for wartime duty at the huge Defence Industries Limited (DIL) munitions complex in Pickering Township, then a predominantly rural municipality 40 kilometres east of Toronto. After passing medical and physical examinations and clearing a police background check, Johnson boarded an eastbound train with some 300 other young women. Everyone received a blanket and a pillow and slept in their seats for ...
Remembrance the focus for Netherlands branch
News, Remembrance

Remembrance the focus for Netherlands branch

Members of the colour party and executives from The Royal Canadian Legion Branch in the Netherlands are a well-travelled lot, appearing at some 40 events in 2015, ranging from official national commemorations attended by royalty and throngs of people, to funerals of Canadian soldiers, to small ceremonies alongside quiet country roads and remembrance programs in the smallest of small towns. “We are a Canadian branch with a Dutch flavor,” said Sergeant-at-Arms Martin Reelick of Liberation of the Netherlands Branch. “We do not have a branch hall. We don’t have meat draws, darts or pool tables. But we do have colour parties.” And that has been responsible for building membership from a score at the first meeting in 2003 to more than 100 today, said President Gerard Hendriks. “Remembrance i...
Voices of women in war heard
Remembrance

Voices of women in war heard

The voices of women who served during the first and second world wars can be heard in a new exhibit at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. The exhibit, which runs until April 3, 2016, uses artifacts, posters and recorded interviews with women to tell their personal stories. These are grouped into five themes describing their valiant efforts in theatres of war and on the home front. The first theme is volunteering. A red apron tells the story of Barbara McNutt of Dartmouth, N.S., who was only 11 years old when she volunteered to sell War Savings Stamps door to door. The apron was the official uniform of a Miss Canada volunteer. Connie Laidlaw of Hamilton, Ont., used her theatrical talents to create a ventriloquist act with her dummy Charlotte with the Victory Entertainers. Probably the m...
My Story | Atomic X-ray
My Story

My Story | Atomic X-ray

Canadian veteran Alan Blunt of Port Alberni, B.C., describes how he got to see through his own hand   I was in grade 10 and wasn’t getting very good marks and I decided there must be better things to do than go to school. So I joined the military. I joined the Queen’s Own Rifles in Winnipeg, did basic training in Edmonton and joined the 1st Battalion in Calgary. After advanced training, we were on call for the Suez Crisis in 1956. So I went there first. Back in Canada in 1957, one day I went down to read the orders, posted every day at 1600 hours, to get an idea of what we’d be doing the next day. My name was on the list to report to the southeast corner of the parade square at 0800 hours the next morning. We formed up in three ranks. I didn’t see anybody I knew. It was di...

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