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,...
  • Safe Conduct

    January 1, 2002 by Legion Magazine
    by Michael Crossling   Every month when I visit my local pharmacist to pick up a supply of prescription drugs I am obliged to either sit or stand next to the dispensing counter that features a large display of condoms. The display is usually stocked...
  • Through A Child’s Eyes

    January 1, 2002 by Legion Magazine
    by M.H. McKee   I was just a youngster when the Germans occupied the Netherlands in World War II. My family lived 25 miles southwest of Nijmegen, in a city called ‘s-Hertogenbosch. My father owned a seafood store and he would sometimes tease the German...
  • Sacred Places

    January 1, 2002 by Legion Magazine
    by Dan Black Wally Smith stands next to the Danger Tree at Beaumont Hamel. From the road near the Belgian village of Passchendaele, you look across a recently ploughed field to find a row of young kilted reservists from the Nova Scotia Highlanders standing shoulder...
  • Side By Side They Rest

    January 1, 2002 by Legion Magazine
    by Dan Black Gordon McArthur clutches the Canadian flag while next to his son Ian at the funeral. They grew up in different worlds, but came from the same country. They knew different people and experienced separate joys and hardships, but went off to war...
  • Carving Out Our History

    November 1, 2001 by Legion Magazine
    by Pat Sullivan   The Vimy Memorial turned 65 this year, and creator Walter Allward would have been pleased with the birthday presents. Not only did the federal government promise to spend millions repairing the monument, but the memorial and Allward himself became central characters...
  • Stuck In The Spin Cycle

    November 1, 2001 by Legion Magazine
    by Graham Chandler   Cut throttle to idle. Ease back on the stick to maintain altitude, reducing airspeed by one knot per second. At five knots above stall speed, gradually feed in rudder so full input is achieved at the stall. Voila! We are in...
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