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Day: November 1, 2016

Tears of Remembrance
Army, Memoirs

Tears of Remembrance

At the first strains of the anthem, backs straightened and shoulders squared. For a few brief minutes the white hair and canes were forgotten and eyes shone bright with dignity and pride. This was Holland, 1995, and these were the Canadian veterans who gave their youth and innocence without reservation. I am a daughter of one such man, and as I stood humbly beside these men, I felt honoured to be part of the fibre of this regiment, the Princess Louise Dragoon Guards. I was part of a tour organized by members of the Princess Louise Dragoon Guards to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of the war. On the way to Rotterdam, we’d stopped at Hastings, on the south coast of England, where the regiment was billeted until they were sent into active combat. I was delighted to see the Cana...
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Now Available on Newsstands across Canada!

The November/December issue of Legion Magazine is always one of the most popular and sought after magazines by Legion Magazine subscribers and readers. Check your mailbox or pickup a copy at newsstands across Canada today! What’s Inside? Canada’s 5 Greatest Battles  “War shaped Canada,” says renowned historian J.L. Granatstein. To see how , the historian takes readers through  five significant battles fought by five different generations of soldiers. We’ll look at Quebec in 1759, Michilimackinac and Detroit during the War of 1812, the Canal du Nord at the end of the First World War, the Battle of the Scheldt in the Second World War and the fighting in Kandahar and Panjwaii still fresh in our memories.  Love long lost (Check your issue today) A widow marks the 10th anniversar...
Serving You

Helping homeless veterans

Since 1926, The Royal Canadian Legion has operated a Service Bureau providing a continuum of assistance to veterans and their families through representation, benevolent assistance and advocacy. This service has included assisting homeless or near homeless veterans. The plight of homeless and near homeless veterans is of growing concern, which is why the national homeless veterans program called Leave the Streets Behind was launched in 2012. The Leave the Streets Behind program’s mission is to reach out to homeless veterans or near homeless veterans by providing immediate financial assistance and support when and where needed and connecting them with the appropriate social and community services to establish a long-term solution. Almost 1,000 homeless and near homeless veterans have been...
On this date: November 2016
On This Date

On this date: November 2016

1 November 1952 The U.S. tests its first hydrogen bomb. 2 November 1951 One Canadian dies and 13 are wounded in a diversionary raid by the Chinese on Hill 187 in Korea. 3 November 1687 Fort Chambly repels an Iroquois raid. 4 November 1995 Canada launches its earth-observation satellite, Radarsat-1. 5 November 1966 An engine room fire delays the launch of the hydrofoil HMCS Bras d’Or. 6 November 1940 HMCS Ottawa and HMS Harvester sink Italian sub Faà di Bruno off the Irish coast. 7 November 1900 Two Royal Canadian Dragoons earn Victoria Crosses in a Boer War battle near Liliefontain, South Africa. 8 November 1944 The Battle of the Scheldt ends. 9 November 1910 The dockyard in Esquimalt, B.C. is transferred to Canadian ownership and becomes the home of Paci...
Remembrance
Memoirs, Navy

Remembrance

On Remembrance Day or, for a naval veteran, Battle of the Atlantic Sunday in May, I am called upon to recall those fellow Canadians who gave their lives for us. At naval events the ships that were lost are frequently read out, but I have this vaguely detached feeling. I was never in a ship that was torpedoed, or even at risk, as far as I know. Nor did I serve in a ship and get to know her and her idiosyncrasies—one I could call “my ship”—that was subsequently lost. Assuredly, I appreciate the price paid, in lives, in ships, in aircraft, during the struggles. After all, we were in the same service, faced potentially the same dangers. But to some extent it’s a bit distant. It doesn’t affect me on a personal level, in my heart or gut. And this is probably true enough for many Canadians unle...
Five battles that shaped Canada
Army, Military History, O Canada, War Of 1812

Five battles that shaped Canada

WAR SHAPED CANADA. Those three words do not often occur to Canadians living in our peaceable kingdom, but they are surely true. The future of British North America was decided on the Plains of Abraham in 1759 and confirmed during the War of 1812 in which the Canadas barely survived American invasion. Two great world wars demonstrated that Canada would exert itself to the maximum to defeat the expansionist aims of Kaisers and Axis dictators. And the war in Afghanistan saw Canada deploy its men and women into action to battle extremist Islamists who could—and did—threaten the democracies. Canada was no great power, but its servicemen and servicewomen over the last century have played major roles in war in concert with their allies. WAS CANADA TO BE A FRENCH OR BRITISH COLONY? The Se...

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