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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier turns 20

More than 20 years ago, The Royal Canadian Legion set out to honour some 115,000 Canadians who made the ultimate sacrifice in two world wars, Korea, South Africa and Afghanistan. The effort culminated in a ceremony in France, where the remains of an unknown Canadian soldier killed at Vimy Ridge in 1917 were exhumed...
  • Knights of the air

    May 27, 2020 by Stephen J. Thorne
    There are few rivals in war who have shared the mutual regard and respect, even camaraderie, as did those who flew fighter planes during the two world wars. Theirs was a singular experience, the scale and intimacy of which were unique in the annals of...
  • Afghanistan and the AK-47

    May 20, 2020 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Photographs and story by Stephen J. Thorne   With more than 75 million estimated to be in circulation, the Avtomat Kalashnikova, or AK-47 (for the year Mikhail Kalashnikov completed his work), is the most popular and most copied weapon in the world. Light, simple, reliable...
  • It was a cloudy afternoon on May 10, 1945, when four Canadian navy ships intercepted U-889 some 250 kilometres southeast of Cape Race, Nfld. The patrol aircraft that discovered the steaming German submarine circled overhead. The war had been over less than a week and...
  • Second World War veterans on the frontlines, again

    May 6, 2020 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Margaret McDonald served overseas in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War, but no homecoming could match the reception she received on her 102nd birthday. Surrounded by colourful signs and balloons, the centenarian sat outside her residence in Vancouver’s west end on...
  • Social Distance

    May 4, 2020 by Legion Magazine
    At the time this is being written, the world as we know it has changed dramatically. In many ways, it resembles wartime mobilization (except most of us have been instructed to stay home). And as in wartime, much uncertainty exists. The exponential spread of the...
  • Agility is the ability to adjust and adapt to changing circumstances. Militaries rely on agility in times of crisis. Agility is always at the heart of long-term business success too, and businesses are learning this anew in the time of coronavirus. Officer cadets attend military...
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