Day: May 1, 2018

Grave situation
Editorial

Grave situation

Is there anything more venerable than a soldier’s grave? Dying in the service of your country is the ultimate sacrifice, and it warrants the most respectful recognition. In Canada, as in most countries, the government is responsible for funerals and burials for those killed in military service and for eligible veterans—and for the perpetual maintenance of their graves and grave markers. Veterans Affairs Canada administers this solemn task, and its Cemetery and Grave Maintenance Program includes graves in thousands of cemeteries across Canada. Prior to 2003, its budget was about $5 million annually. The government then decided that since VAC was unable to account for how many graves needed attention, the budget would be cut until the number was known. In 2004, VAC introduced the Canada...
May/June 2018 issue is now available!
News

May/June 2018 issue is now available!

The May/June 2018 issue of Legion Magazine is out today! Look for it on newsstands or check your mailbox if you subscribe already. BATTLEFIELD DOCTOR My great-great-grandfather was a surgeon who treated soldiers in the Battle of Ridgeway in 1866 ABUSED PRISONERS AND GREAT ESCAPEES Canadian soldiers captured in Europe and Asia had little protection from brutality, murder and starvation NOT TOO OLD TO SERVE Veterans of the First World War guarded prisoners in the Second World War STOPPING THE PANZERS Canada’s role following D-Day was vital to the success of Operation Overlord INTO ICY WATERS Fifty years ago, the Ottawa River claimed the lives of seven paratroopers on a routine jump MILITARY HEALTH MATTERS Medical a...
On this date: May 2018
On This Date

On this date: May 2018

1 May 1918 Private Robert Cruickshank is awarded the Victoria Cross for heroic actions under heavy fire east of the Jordan River in Palestine. 2-3 May 1953 Bombarded by Chinese attacks, ‘C’ Company, 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, sustains heavy casualties in the final Canadian action of the Korean War. 4 May 1951 The 27th Canadian Infantry Brigade Group is formed for service in West Germany. 5 May 1813 Sir James Yeo arrives at Quebec, Lower Canada, with more than 400 officers and seamen. 6 May 1952 1st Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, relieves the 2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, in Korea. 7 May 1915 RMS Lusitania is sunk by a German U-boat south of Ireland. Approximately 1,195 men, women and children perish. 8 May 1945 ...
Alfred  Booker and John O’Neill
Heroes And Villains

Alfred Booker and John O’Neill

On the morning of June 2, 1866, Lieutenant-Colonel Alfred Booker led about 850 Canadians, mostly men of the 13th Battalion (today’s Royal Hamilton Light Infantry) and Toronto’s Queen’s Own Rifles, from the village of Ridgeway in Canada West toward a Fenian force that had seized the town of Fort Erie on the Niagara River the previous day. Booker was born in Nottingham, England, in 1824 to Baptist parents—Alfred Booker Sr. being a church reverend. Ostracized in Anglican England, the Booker family emigrated to Canada, settling in Hamilton in 1843. Seven years later, Alfred Jr. established a thriving auction house. To advance his social position, Booker gained a militia commission in 1851 and by 1858 commanded Hamilton’s militia forces. One Hamiltonian described him as “clever and v...
Does Canada’s new peacekeeping policy make sense?
Face to Face

Does Canada’s new peacekeeping policy make sense?

The thing about Canada and peacekeeping is that while 7 in 10 Canadians consider it one of the country’s signature characteristics, the reality has always been something quite different from the fantasy. Sure, Canada helped revolutionize third-party roles in bringing conflicts to an end—decades ago. But those days are long past. Times have changed. The nature of warfare, and defence spending, have changed with them. Peacekeeping as it used to be was a costly, thankless and sometimes ineffectual task. Canadian soldiers, who in 1991 comprised more than 10 per cent of United Nations troops, were cursed by the prevailing idea that peacekeeping was, well, a peaceful pursuit. The perception of Canada as “good guy” was something of an albatross to a post-Korean War military that was ...

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