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A new voice for veterans

The Legionary debuted on May 15, 1926, establishing a publishing tradition that has tracked the successes and challenges facing Canada’s veterans—and kept readers informed through war and peace and turbulent times.  Early covers featured portraits of military dignitaries. Inside, dense text delivered news of policies and progress on improved support for veterans, commemorative events and stories about military history. In the Roaring Twenties, the magazine reflected readers’ widening interests and lighter mood. Fiction found a place next to history. Covers were more colourful and pages were spiced with humour, including cartoons about a war braggart and the between-wars generation. A sombre look and tone prevailed during the Great Depression. The Christmas editorial in 1930 urged rea...
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Choose the cover for the next issue of Canada’s Ultimate Story!

Click on covers to enlarge! ON NEWSSTANDS FEBRUARY 1 SPECIAL COLLECTOR’S EDITION: WINTER 2021 Help choose the cover for the next issue of Canada’s Ultimate Story which explores Canada’s Great Naval Battles. The sea brought explorers, colonizers and navies from Europe to North America—as well as rivalries and wars. Life revolved around the sea and waterways, and naval power ruled. In the world wars, Canada built its own robust navy that could stand its ground with anyone. And today, the Royal Canadian Navy operates around the world. Join naval historian Marc Milner as he retraces Canada’s history—all from a nautical point of view. For more on Canada’s history on high seas and great lakes, pick up a copy of Canada’s Great Naval Battles on newsstands across Canada starting Februa...
Interactive maps now telling Canada’s military history
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Interactive maps now telling Canada’s military history

Canadians interested in military history will soon have a new—and free—interactive tool for researching the Canadian Army’s Italian Campaign during the Second World War. Several years ago, the Canadian Research and Mapping Association (CRMA) set out to create an interactive website—www.project44.ca—to collect digitally preserved maps, aerial imagery, photographs and war diaries tracing the progress of the Canadian Army during D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. “We wanted people to be able to visualize what was happening,” said Drew Hannen, vice president of the association. “The platform is great to give context to what happened and where it happened.” The website’s first project was “The Road to Liberation,” which was launched on the 75th anniversary of D-Day in 2019. Click on the...
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...
Dolls for small hands
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Dolls for small hands

How Izzy dolls comfort children in hot spots around the world While on patrol in Croatia in the fall of 1992, Master Corporal Mark Isfeld of 1 Combat Engineer Regiment spotted a figure lying prone on the rubble of a house that had been hit by artillery in the civil war that followed the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. When he went to investigate he found it was not a child, as he had feared, but an abandoned doll. He took a photo of it and showed it to his mother, Carol Isfeld, when he was visiting her on his return to Canada. “Look,” he said. “A little girl has lost her doll and a doll has lost her little girl.” That comment and her son’s obvious compassion for the children he was encountering on peacekeeping missions inspired her to knit a bunch of very small woollen dolls. ...
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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…