War of 1812 commemorations continue

The commemoration period for the War of 1812 is not over, despite uninformed media reports to the contrary. An offshoot of the Napoleonic wars, The War of 1812 started  with the United States declaring war on Great Britain, and ended with signing of the Treaty of Ghent in December 1814.  But news travelled slowly...
  • Veterans Affairs Minister Steven Blaney has challenged  young people to create their own remembrance  projects  honouring veterans and share them through Veterans Affairs Canada’s social media in the days  leading up to Veterans’ Week, Nov. 5 through 11. Students are encouraged to create videos to...
  • Funeral set for First World War soldier

    October 18, 2011 by Sharon Adams
    Private Alexander Johnston, who died during the Battle of the Canal du Nord in France on Sept. 29, 1918,  is to be buried next week  with full military honours.  His body was recovered near the First World War battlefield in 2008 and subsequently identified by...
  • Portraits of Honour Tour

    October 15, 2011 by Sharon Adams
    Residents of the Maritimes and Quebec can still catch the travelling memorial Portraits of Honour, a 10-foot by 40-foot mural of the 156 Canadian Forces troops who lost their lives in Afghanistan since 2002. The cross-country tour is scheduled to wind down in Manitoba in...
  • Canada commemorates the War of 1812

    October 13, 2011 by Sharon Adams
    One hundred and ninety-nine years ago today (Oct. 13) the first major battle of the War of 1812 was fought, resulting in the death of one of Canada’s earliest heroes, British Major General Isaac Brock, aka The Saviour of Upper Canada, whose death scene is...
  • Future of commemoration in Canada

    October 11, 2011 by Sharon Adams
    Youth Ambassador Nolan Janvier of the Clearwater River Dene Nation in Saskatchewan explores a German bunker at Juno Beach in Normandy, France during a 2008 Veterans Affairs Canada commemorative tour, then blogs about the experience to school chums, friends and family back home.  Photos: Sharon...