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,...
  • Grandpa’s Silence

    November 1, 2006 by Sandra M. Walton
    ILLUSTRATION: STEWART SHERWOOD My grandfather, Alan Hanchard, was a quiet, reticent man who seldom mentioned World War I. So I was pleased and somewhat surprised when he agreed to provide me with information on the war for an essay I had to prepare for a...
  • A Tapestry Of Sacrifice

    November 1, 2006 by Eric Potts
    As a child I was always fascinated by those grainy pictures in history books of American Civil War veterans who lived well into the 20th century–50, 60 and even 70 years after their war experience. As I looked closely at their faces I wondered what...
  • Dieppe: Return To Red Beach

    November 1, 2006 by Kelly-Anne Campbell
    PHOTOS: KELLY-ANNE CAMPBELL Clockwise from top left: At Dieppe, Sister Agnes Marie Valois of France and Essex and Kent Scottish Regiment commanding officer Lt.-Col. Phil Berthiaume participate in the ceremony commemerating the sacrifices of the Essex Scottish; Dieppe veterans (from left) James McArthur and Harold...
  • Planning For The Day After

    September 1, 2006 by John M. Robertson
    PHOTOS: ALF SPENCE Provincial cabinet ministers tour the Nanaimo, B.C., HQ in 1958. Inset: the author in the broadcast station. The Cold War seemed to some of us a much hotter possibility in the 1950s. The United States and the Soviet Union were poised to...
  • Land Of Hope And Glory

    May 1, 2006 by Jessica Swail
    ILLUSTRATION: Fred Sebastian When they piped Rig of the Day on that fateful morning in 1945, they ordered us to don our Burberries, not our greatcoats. It was springtime in Nova Scotia, and we had wakened to a fine day. In HMCS Protector, the naval...
  • March Of The Living

    July 1, 2005 by Natalie Salat
    Clockwise from top: The watchtowers and crematorium of Majdanek death camp in Poland contrast with the pre-war tombs at Gensha cemetery in Warsaw; March of the Living participants arrive at Birkenau death camp to commemorate the millions of Jews murdered in the Holocaust; Vera Schiff...
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