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Eye On Defence: New Force Structure Required

by David J. BercusonLegion Magazine is pleased to introduce Eye On Defence, a new regular column focusing on matters related to National Defence and the Canadian Forces today. Historian David J. Bercuson is the director of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary. Some time within the next year or so we will likely see the launch of a major review of Canadian defence policy aimed at the issuance of a new White Paper. The last White Paper was issued in 1994 when David Collenette was still defence minister. It examined Canada’s domestic and international defence commitments and requiremen...
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Saskatchewan Branches Use Geography To Honour War Dead

Byers Bay, Moloski Lake, Rupert Lake. These bodies of water in Northern Saskatchewan do not bear the names of the explorers that discovered them, but rather the names of three young men from Churchill River, Esterhazy, and Melfort, Saskatchewan, who gave their lives during World War II. There are more than 3,800 of these lakes, islands, rivers and rapids in remote areas of the province. They were named after fallen Saskatchewan servicemen by the provincial government in the 1950s and ‘60s. Not everyone can make the trip to see these memorial sites. However, projects at the Naicam and Melfort branches have helped b...
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Mountain Range Scaled As Tribute To Heroism

by Ray Dick Corporal Brian Baldwin was part of a five-member Canadian Forces team that placed commemorative plaques on five mountain peaks named after Canadian soldiers who earned the Victoria Cross, the Commonwealth’s highest award for bravery. A five-member Canadian Forces team with the millennium in mind has bolted a lasting tribute to the heroism of five soldiers known to the area on top of the five mountains that are named after them in Jasper National Park. Stainless steel plaques have been erected describing the deeds of each of the five men who have mountains named after them in ...
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Gallantry Medals Donated To War Museum

The medals of VC winner George Fraser Kerr of Deseronto are donated to the Canadian War Museum by Dr. Arthur Ross and daughters Cory and Czashka. The Canadian War Museum has a new and valuable exhibit to add to its extensive collection of war memorabilia—the four major war medals for gallantry, including the Victoria Cross, awarded for actions during World War I to George Fraser Kerr of Deseronto, Ont. The collection is courtesy of Dr. Arthur Ross, a retired doctor from Redwood City, Calif., and son-in-law of the Canadian war hero who earned his medals for gallantry during three year...
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Athletes Of The Century Chosen By The Military

The surviving members of the RCAF Flyers, the Ottawa-based hockey team that stretched the odds to win Olympic gold in 1948, stickhandled through strong opposition at a recent Canadian Forces awards night to emerge victorious as Canada’s greatest military athletes of the 20th century. An audience of 350 at the Ottawa Congress Centre watched some rare newsreel film of the actual events as the opposition was narrowed down from a field of 50 teams and individuals in events that included Olympic, Pan-Am and Commonwealth games competitions, the Boston Marathon, an English Channel swim, Bisley shoots and the "Tea Bowl" football game in London...
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Tribute Proposed For Canada’s Military Valiant

by Tom MacGregor Sir Arthur Currie, considered Canada's most brilliant general during World War I. The Royal Canadian Legion is throwing its support behind a proposal to build statues representing Canada’s proud military past around Ottawa’s Confederation Square, which encompasses the National War Memorial and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The project is possible following the extensive $20-million restoration done over the past two years which created an elaborate stairwell and the sarcophagus for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The work caused the national Remembrance Day cere...

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