Letters to Mom

During the Second World War, 21-year-old Allan Coburn was one of a million young men and women whose sense of duty and hankering for adventure drew them to serve in the Canadian Army. He was “the second son of a farmer, with no passion for farming,” said his son Douglas Coburn of Winnipeg. “So,...
  • Nursing Memories

    November 1, 2003 by Legion Magazine
    by Madeline Shavalier They say that a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. Mine began when I was called up for active service a year and a half after I signed up as a nurse with the Royal Canadian Army Medical...
  • Deadly Nights In Cyprus

    September 1, 2003 by Legion Magazine
    by Uwe U. Beyer Hostilities between Turkish and Greek Cypriots had been waning for years, but deep-rooted animosity between each faction was still a significant hindrance to peace and stability in 1974, 10 years after the United Nations had established a peacekeeping force on the...
  • A Royal Filly

    September 1, 2003 by Linda Hersey
    The heat was sweltering that night in the hills near Coriano, Italy. It was Sept. 15, 1944, and the shelling on the Gothic Line was heavy and unrelenting. Civilians in fear for their lives took shelter wherever they could, some hiding in stacks of hay...
  • With The Guns In Korea

    July 1, 2003 by Legion Magazine
    by Don Dalke The story of how I got to serve in the Korean War begins in 1944 when I joined the army cadets at Lethbridge, Alta. I was 14 at the time, but worked my way through to become an officer. When I turned...
  • My Day At The Wall

    July 1, 2003 by Legion Magazine
    by Jack LaChance Jack LaChance stands next to the Korea Veterans National Wall of Remembrance in Brampton, Ont. The dedication of the Korea Veterans National Wall of Remembrance on July 27, 1997, was one of the most meaningful and solemn days of my life. Up...
  • Lining Coronation Street

    May 1, 2003 by Legion Magazine
    by R.H. Shelford From top: Thousands of spectators and hundreds of street liners watch as the State Coach makes its way to Westminster Abbey for the coronation ceremony in 1953; the author (centre) waits for the parade on London’s Cockspur Street. Fifty years ago we...
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