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,...
  • Going Back To D-Day

    July 1, 2004 by Legion Magazine
    Story and photos by Mac Johnston Two returning Canadian veterans are absorbed in a moment of reflection on Juno Beach. “Merci vétérans, merci Canada,” a Frenchman shouted from the crowd lining the narrow road as a cavalcade of Canadian veterans in restored World War II...
  • D-Day Memories

    May 1, 2004 by Norman Brown
    Clockwise from top: Canadian soldiers advance to consolidate a Normandy beachhead; a Canadian soldier prepares to land—with his bicycle—on D-Day; German prisoners of war await transportation on Juno Beach; soldiers use the scramble nets of HMCS Prince David during D-Day operations. D-Day, June 6, 1944....
  • Pausing To Reflect

    January 1, 2004 by Legion Magazine
    From top: Fisherman Barry Sullivan remembers while on his boat at Herring Cove, N.S.; businessmen pause for remembrance on Bay Street in downtown Toronto; Leonard Epp of Rockwood Bison pauses while at the farm north of Stonewall, Man.; participating in a candlelight service at Yellowknife,...
  • Sanctified Ground

    November 1, 2003 by Sylvia Saunders
    by Stan Scislowski From top: The reflecting pool at Cassino War Cemetery, Italy; temporary markers rise above graves of Canadian soldiers killed near Ortona in 1943. Italy 1975: Spring, in all her splendour, bathed the lyrical Liri Valley in sunshine as I walked along a...
  • Building A Living Memorial

    November 1, 2003 by Legion Magazine
    Story and photographs by Natalie Salat From top: Mary George throws a wreath into the Channel; a delegate pays respects at Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery; delegate Kevin Carter carries the flag; delegates (from left) Mary George, Jean-Pierre Godbout, Kevin Carter, Patti Coates, Sean McLennon, Catherine...
  • War And Remembrance

    November 1, 2003 by Maureen Stephenson
    by Maureen Stephenson Today, just like every other Nov. 11th, there is a Remembrance Day ceremony downtown. It’s usually a sparse gathering of brave souls huddled against the damp, cold winds blowing off the harbour. Each year, the ranks of aging veterans have grown smaller...
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