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Soldier’s Aid Commission still helping veterans

With more than 100 years of service, the little-known Ontario Soldiers’ Aid Commission (SAC) is still carrying on its mandate to financially assist veterans from the Second World War, Korean War and their dependants. When the First World War began, there was no department to look after veterans or pensions to support those who...
  • A Show Of Support

    September 1, 1998 by Legion Magazine
    by Dan Black Beyond the jagged edge of the evergreen forest the armored personnel carrier makes another sharp turn on the mountain road before heading down across the valley. I’m standing in one of the carrier’s rear hatches, watching a great big moon rise over...
  • Burial In Belgium

    January 1, 1998 by Legion Magazine
    by Mac Johnston On Nov. 10, 1997, in Geraardsbergen, Belgium, a nurse from Chilliwack, B.C., went to the funeral of an uncle she had never met. As a tribute, Maureen Thom wore on her coat the WW II wings of Pilot Officer Wilbur Bentz who...
  • On Liberation’s Trail

    November 1, 1997 by Legion Magazine
    by Bill Fairbairn The Canada Museum in the Flemish village of Adegem, Belgium, portrays much more than the village’s liberation by Canadian troops in September 1944. It also embodies a local man’s promise to his dying father, paying tribute as it fixes a part of...
  • Pilgrimage To Dieppe

    November 1, 1997 by Legion Magazine
    by Ray Dick The weather was clear and hot when the ferry from Newhaven, England, arrived at the French port of Dieppe. It was August and several of the men lining the rails were Canadian veterans who on a similar morning, 55 years ago, landed...
  • Return To The Ridge

    September 1, 1997 by Legion Magazine
    by Tom MacGregor The young guide who met the group of veterans and youths at the Vimy Memorial in France had a well-rehearsed speech, but when he reached the part describing the morning of April 9, 1917, an old man in a wheelchair piped up,...
  • Portraits Of A Farewell

    May 1, 1997 by Jennifer Morse
    “Flying through a monsoon is something you only want to do once in a lifetime. Honest, Don, they are grim. If it was just the rain it wouldn’t be too bad, but those damn clouds have so many winds and air currents going in about...