Month: February 2018

Statues in changing times
Front Lines

Statues in changing times

History is written by the victors—a quote that has widely been attributed to Winston Churchill, and also to Napoleon Bonaparte, Mark Twain, Niccolo Machiavelli and Walter Benjamin, a German Jewish philosopher who committed suicide in 1940 rather than be caught by the Nazis. But victors tend to omit certain inconvenient truths. History, especially war history, can be absolutely wrong, or sometimes wrongly reinterpreted. Perspectives, after all, change with time, discovery and evolving social mores. What is deemed true in the afterglow of victory may later be tarnished in the sobering light of reality. Historical revisionism has been at the forefront of public discourse since city councils and state legislatures south of the border began voting to remove Confederate statues from pub...
March/April 2018 issue now available!
News

March/April 2018 issue now available!

The March/April 2018 issue of Legion Magazine is out today! Look for it on newsstands or check your mailbox if you subscribe already. CHARGE OF THE CAVALRY 100 years ago, mounted Canadian soldiers made an ill-fated charge at enemy forces in Moreuil Wood, France. It was one of the last such charge Canadian troops would attempt WAR AND THE WOMEN’S VOTE War and conscription played an unlikely role in securing the federal vote for women BEHIND BARBED WIRE Canadians taken captive in the First World War experienced brutality and starvation in German prison camps THE LIBERATION OF ZEELAND Private Arthur Tindal lost his life freeing the Dutch from Nazi occupation TRENCH LIFE What troops wore, said and ate in the front lines of the First World War MILITARY HEALTH MATTERS...
The smoke of war
Home Front

The smoke of war

“Our Boys Want Smokes,” trumpets a First World War storefront window poster sponsored by the Over-Seas Club. “For 25 cents we send a dollar’s worth. Contributions received here for Canada’s Tobacco Fund.” It was happening all across the country: show your patriotism and support our troops in the trenches overseas with gifts of tobacco. Even school kids in Brantford, Ont., were encouraged to donate their pennies to the local Children’s Cigarette Fund. Many other groups in Canada enthusiastically supported similar campaigns. The Vancouver Kiwanis Club donated through an organization called the British Columbia Overseas Tobacco Fund. The Overseas League (Canada) Tobacco and Hamper Fund of Toronto was another. Employers, workers and relatives joined the fervour, sending cigarettes to ov...
Wildfire relief money distributed where needed
News

Wildfire relief money distributed where needed

Legion branches and members across the country contributed generously to the Fort McMurray Wildfire Relief Fund, raising $1,243,662, President Chris Strong told delegates at the 50th Alberta-Northwest Territories Command Convention held Sept. 22-24 in Edmonton. The fire, which started in late April 2016, devastated the town. “In the area where McMurray Branch is, the branch and three buildings which are practically adjacent were the only buildings untouched by the fire,” said Strong. However, there was still extensive damage caused by smoke and water. “We gave the branch $272,556—and that was just to cover those things that the insurance company would not cover,” said Strong. Another $474,081 went to individuals and families. The fund assisted 21 veterans, the RCMP veterans associati...
The dream of space thrives
Front Lines

The dream of space thrives

When I was young, the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo launches out of Cape Canaveral were family television events without parallel. There was a sense of awe surrounding those NASA missions, culminating years later in the triumphant moon landings. We followed every one, minute-by-transfixed-minute, on a big old black-and-white TV with four legs, rabbit ears and an outsized wood-veneer cabinet. News anchor Walter Cronkite was the voice of space exploration in those days. It was as if he were right there in your living room, sharing the experience with you. Sometimes, in his folksy, understated way, he seemed as awestruck as any of us. I’m sure he was. The astronauts were household names: John Glenn. Buzz Aldrin. Neil Armstrong. Yes, even Yuri Gagarin. At that time, TV ...
Winnipeg to host dominion convention
News

Winnipeg to host dominion convention

Royal Canadian Legion delegates from commands, sections and branches are invited to assemble their delegates in Winnipeg for the 47th dominion convention on Aug. 25-29. “We are expecting 1,200 people,” said Local Arrangements Committee secretary Dawn Golding. The convention, the first to be held in August instead of the traditional June, will be held at the RBC Convention Centre in downtown Winnipeg. The convention will get underway on Saturday, Aug. 25, with registration open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and continuing on Sunday. The registration fee is $60 for delegates and $20 for observers. Payment is in cash only. Branches are allowed one accredited delegate for every 100 voting members, or a fraction thereof. Any delegate, accredited by the branch of which he or she is a member, may c...

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