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Footsteps of the fallen

As we walk through the arched entrance to Maple Copse Cemetery, the tranquility immediately makes me pause. Located five kilometres southeast of Ypres, Belgium, the cemetery is one of many stops on a week-long journey marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Aside from our small group of camera-toting journalists, the...
  • The importance of anniversaries

    July 6, 2017 by Legion Magazine
    This issue of Legion Magazine is filled with stories acknowledging anniversaries: Canada’s 150th, Vimy’s 100th, Hill 70’s 100th, Dieppe’s 75th. And, as in every issue, members of The Royal Canadian Legion who have served the organization for 60, 65 and 70 years are recognized on...
  • Attack on Hill 70

    July 4, 2017 by Serge Durflinger
    The year is 1917 and the place is northern France. The meticulously prepared Canadians sweep up the commanding heights in the face of determined German resistance and win the day. Sound familiar? No, it’s not Vimy Ridge, Canada’s most celebrated battle, but rather the attack on...
  • July/August issue is now available!

    July 4, 2017 by Legion Magazine
    The July/August 2017 issue of Legion Magazine is out today! Look for it on newsstands today or check your mailbox if you subscribe already! What’s inside? Canada at 150 A selective look back at the people and events that made us Assault on Hill 70...
  • CAF needs to be more diverse, says general

    June 19, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Perhaps the best moment of February’s annual Conference of Defence Associations Institute (CDA) symposium in Ottawa came on the second day when an officer cadet named Melissa Sanfacon of Kingston’s Royal Military College took the microphone and confronted the chief of the defence staff before...
  • Minister discusses peacekeeping, NATO

    June 19, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Ask veteran soldiers their feelings about peacekeeping missions and chances are you’ll get a negative response. Acting as referee and policeman in areas of hostility is like doing the job with one hand tied behind your back, they’ll say. Strict rules of engagement—preventing peacekeepers from...
  • Virtual reality takes viewers into Vimy battle

    June 16, 2017 by Tom MacGregor
    Students visiting Vimy Ridge for the 100th anniversary got a chance to see what the battlefield looked like 100 years ago, thanks to virtual reality technology. Students travelling with EF Educational Tours in April were immersed in the technology used by Simwave Consulting of Kanata,...
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