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Navy changes its junior ranks
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Navy changes its junior ranks

The Royal Canadian Navy has renamed its junior ranks to better reflect what its commander called the “ever-evolving international and domestic contexts in which we live and operate.” As part of that effort, the navy has dispensed with its ‘Seaman’ ranks, renaming them the gender-neutral ‘Sailor.’ Vice-Admiral Art McDonald, the navy commander, said the service’s public consultations on the proposed change collected almost 18,000 opinions from serving, veteran and civilian respondents, more than 75 per cent of whom supported the move. “I was especially appreciative of the overwhelming participation by the junior ranks who will be most impacted,” McDonald wrote in an open letter. The initiative, he added, prompted “frank and passionate” discussion online and in offices, shops and mess...
Choose our cover for the next issue of Legion Magazine!
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Choose our cover for the next issue of Legion Magazine!

Click on above cover to enlarge. Help choose the January/February 2021 issue of Legion Magazine! The January/February 2021 issue of Legion Magazine looks at the Battle of Verdun in the First World War. In a terrible war of attrition, the French army resisted multiple attacks by German forces. “They shall not pass!” was a French general’s rallying cry. Also in the issue: The 43-day Gulf War in 1990-91 was Canada’s first war since Korea. A new research and treatment centre for veterans with chronic pain. The RCN’s worst peacetime accident—the explosion on HMCS Kootenay in 1969. And more! Loading…
Trip inspired Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
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Trip inspired Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Almost a quarter century ago, The Royal Canadian Legion spearheaded in the creation of the Canadian Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The remains of an unidentified Canadian soldier of the First World War was reinterred with military honours at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on May 28, 2000, an event that would change the face of remembrance in Canada. In one of his first acts as dominion secretary of the Legion in 1996, retired brigadier-general Duane Daly attended a conference in South Africa. Daly, a Royal Canadian Air Force veteran, had never walked the hallowed ground of a Canadian battlefield cemetery. In South Africa, he visited several, and they were not what he expected. Immersing himself in the history of Canada’s role in the Boer War, Daly sought out Canadian military graves...
Good works: Legion branches across Canada have been filling gaps caused by the pandemic
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Good works: Legion branches across Canada have been filling gaps caused by the pandemic

Royal Canadian Legion branches across the country have continued their good works in spite of and, in many cases, because of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Branches were closed to social gatherings for months and, with buildings locked up and little money coming in, the financial blows to many have been devastating. Nevertheless, members stepped up with food runs, veterans’ outreach, efforts to help outfit front-line workers with protective equipment and other measures to help ease the situation in local communities. “The Royal Canadian Legion has been around for 95 years—survived the Great Depression and war,” said Steven Dieter, Eastern Ontario public relations officer and a serving member of the Canadian Armed Forces, “but this is a unique situation. “We are trying...
Sixth statue to be added to the Trail of the Caribou
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Sixth statue to be added to the Trail of the Caribou

The government of Newfoundland and Labrador has awarded a contract to a local firm to build a sixth caribou statue to be placed in Gallipoli, Turkey, in order to complete the Trail of the Caribou. Innovation NL, an engineering and project-management company in St. John’s, will undertake the project, the government announced in partnership with the Royal Newfoundland Regiment Advisory Council and the College of the North Atlantic on July 29. The estimated value of the contract is $194,000. The new statue is to be placed 25 metres northwest of the Hill 10 Cemetery at Gallipoli, a Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery where 12 members of the Newfoundland Regiment are buried. Among them is Private Hugh McWhirter, the first Newfoundlander killed in the First World War. By the time the...
Foundation receives donation, presents grant
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Foundation receives donation, presents grant

The Legion National Foundation has received a donation of $15,000 from the Order of St. George. The order supports Canadian and American military personnel, first responders and their families who demonstrate need as a result of stressful duties performed at home or abroad, as well as other eligible organizations dedicated to veterans’ welfare. “We heard about many of the Legion National Foundation’s initiatives to help veterans, many of whom were suffering greatly and financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so we mobilized our first-ever national call to our membership to raise funds in support of veterans,” said Robert Hamilton, Order of St. George past president and lead on the fundraising project. It works to support initiatives that positively impact the well-being and qual...