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103 days in Hades

Passchendaele is a lovely name—whether in Flemish or French, it rolls lyrically off the tongue, conjuring images of a sylvan glade, lush with greenery and sprinkled with wildflowers. Or that’s how it should be. Instead, a misfortune of geography turned Passchendaele into a synonym for pointless slaughter.    During the First World War, it...
  • A big step

    September 1, 2017 by Legion Magazine
    Strong, secure, engaged. The title of the newly released white paper by the Department of National Defence is a reflection of Canada itself. The new defence policy is a must-read for anyone who wants to know what Canada’s military is doing today—combat, peacekeeping, humanitarian aid,...
  • Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne Almost 650 athletes, nearly 100 coaches and hundreds of volunteers gathered under the Prairie sun at Brandon’s brand-new athletics facility Aug. 11-13 for the 41st Royal Canadian Legion National Track and Field Championships. It is the only meet...
  • Contest winner travels to Ottawa for Canada’s biggest party ever

    August 25, 2017 by Stephanie Slegtenhorst
    It was the biggest party of the year, and Barron McKay of Cache Creek, B.C., was the lucky winner of Legion Magazine’s contest to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in the nation’s capital. Sponsored by Carlson Wagonlit Travel, the four-day visit included round-trip airfare and three-night...
  • New Brunswick team takes the darts trophy

    August 21, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    It was an emotional moment for Mark Hebert after he threw the winning dart for his team from Blacks Harbour, N.B., Branch at the Dominion Command Darts Championships on May 5-7. Besides the darts, the entire weekend hosted by Eastern Irrigation District Branch in Brooks,...
  • Disability award improvements come into effect

    August 17, 2017 by Sharon Adams
    Changes to benefits under the New Veterans Charter (NVC) will put more money into the pockets of tens of thousands of wounded, ill and injured veterans and their families or survivors. As of April 1, the ceiling on tax-free disability awards for service-related wounds, illness...
  • New building gives branch new life

    August 16, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    The Royal Canadian Legion’s North Calgary Branch has a new building, three new revenue streams and a steady influx of new members—and it hasn’t cost a cent. This happy turn of events took root six years ago when the branch recognized that, like many urban...
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