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Fighting for Fort George

At the turn of the 19th century, the British were concerned about a balance of power where British territory met American on the banks of the Niagara River. The British wanted a fort on the west side of the Niagara River, in what today is Niagara-on-the-Lake, to counterbalance Fort Niagara on the east bank...
  • Pedal Power

    April 21, 2020 by Sharon Adams
    Twenty-eight young men stood at attention while posing for a portrait on the steps of the British Columbia Parliament Buildings in Victoria on Dec. 7, 1915. They were about to leave to start their training—not for the cavalry, as might be expected by the presence...
  • Discarded Medals

    April 20, 2020 by Sharon Adams
    It is oh, so easy for a veteran’s service and sacrifice to be forgotten. Veterans themselves may not tell their stories—perhaps to avoid painful memories or to spare loved ones from experiencing, even second-hand, the horrors of war—and this chapter in the family history, and...
  • Liberating the death camps

    April 15, 2020 by Sharon Adams
    On April 15, 1945, three weeks before the end of the Second World War, the British 63rd Anti-Tank Regiment liberated the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, which was in the throes of an epidemic and was peacefully handed over by the Germans. What they witnessed there in...
  • Forming the Canadian Airborne Regiment

    April 8, 2020 by Sharon Adams
    With the formation of the Canadian Airborne Regiment on April 8, 1968, the Chief of the Defence Staff General Jean Victor Allard achieved his dream of a flexible immediate response force. He intended it to be quite different. “This regiment would not reflect the identity...
  • On this date: April 2020

    April 1, 2020 by Legion Magazine
      1 April 1734 The lighthouse at Louisbourg on Cape Breton Island is officially lit; the only other on the entire eastern coast of North America is in Boston. 2 April 1871 Canada’s population is 3,689,257, according to the first census of the Dominion of...
  • Canadian Air Force becomes royal

    April 1, 2020 by Sharon Adams
    On April 1, 1924, Canada’s flying service was renamed the Royal Canadian Air Force. Its motto Through Adversity to the Stars is fitting indeed. In September 1914, just one month after entering the First World War, Canada sent one aircraft of the Canadian Aviation Corps...
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