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The poet and the poppy

Book and cigar in hand, John McCrae relaxes at the holiday home of friends at Kennebunkport, Maine, where he spent a vacation in September 1903. Guelph Civic Museum/M1968X.436.3 A century ago, Canadian medical officer John McCrae saw “every horror that war had,” including the death of a close friend, and penned a poem that inspired...
  • A soldier with the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders distributes candy to citizens in the eastern Netherlands town of Bathmen on April 9, 1945. [LAC/PA-137908]

    Canada’s gift of liberty

    May 10, 2015 by Gerard Triesman
    As a three-year-old, I had no real comprehension of the horrific circumstances in which I lived. The hand grenade, carelessly discarded by a Nazi soldier, attracted my attention. I was playing outside my home in the Netherlands in 1944 when I saw it lying on...
  • Private Donald Mainland  (at bottom right) is pictured with members of the Fort Garry Horse. [PHOTO: COURTESY DON GILLMOR]
    In mid-October 1918, my grandfather, Donald Mainland, was near Maurois, France, with the Fort Garry Horse. A welterweight—150 pounds, five feet six inches, with sandy hair and grey eyes, Donald was older than some of the men in the trenches. His 25th birthday had just...
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    D-DAY +70: Return Of The Liberators

    September 3, 2014 by Sharon Adams
    Poppies grow at the edge of a wheat field behind Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery. PHOTO: SHARON ADAMS Exclusive Audio Edition: More than once Bud Hannam is mobbed by children during celebrations of the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. At ceremonies, mothers...
  • Eyes! Eyes! Eyes!

    August 11, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    Published in the June 1930 issue of Legion Magazine. Written by Will R. Bird Exclusive Audio Version: It was when the “Prairie Squirrels” were at Parvillers that Pete Mullins was sent down the line as a shell-shocked case, with every man in his platoon knowing...
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    “Dis is where de blood run down de blade,” the old soldier grinned, pointing to a long groove in his rusted sword. “If you’re going to de war, dey always tell you got to go and charge...you want to kill dem. Aaaaaarrrhhh! Bring it!”...
  • The Wedding Cake

    February 18, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    Published in Legion Magazine, February 1964 By Joy Smith Exclusive Audio Version:    Many young people today probably have never heard the word “rationing,” but back in the “old days” of 1943 it had a very real meaning, particularly to those of us who were...
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