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Short film promotes remembrance
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Short film promotes remembrance

The efforts of the Canadian Armed Forces in long-term care facilities in Quebec during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic are the subject of a new short film promoting the Quebec Command Poppy Fund. The film, made by Cat Around Films, centres on Montreal city councillor Sterling Downey, who is also a member of Verdun Branch. He describes what the poppy means to him as he walks about the Last Post Fund National Field of Honour in Pointe-Claire, Que. He is also seen looking over photos from his father’s service in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War. Downey makes the point that veterans are not just those who served in the two world wars but all those who are serving or have served. He draws particular attention to the reservists who help out in times of floods or ice...
Legion receives $14 million to help branches
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Legion receives $14 million to help branches

The federal government  has announced $20 million in special funding to support veterans’ organizations that are suffering because of the pandemic. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Veterans Affairs Minister Lawrence MacAulay made the announcement in Ottawa on Nov. 10. The Royal Canadian Legion receives $14 million of the funding to help its branches. The rest of the money is to be divided between the Army, Navy & Air Force Veterans in Canada, True Patriot Love, VETS Canada and other groups who apply directly to Veterans Affairs Canada. “This is what we have been waiting for to help our branches with their operational costs and longer-term survival during the pandemic,” said Dominion President Tom Irvine. “We have already lost over 20 branches during the pandemic, and we hope this...
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 covers to enlarge! Help choose the March/April 2021 issue of Legion Magazine! The March/April 2021 issue of Legion Magazine updates the saga of the Avro Arrow, revisits the battle of the Saint Eloi craters in WW I, and explores the role of Canadian-made army trucks in WW II. Also in the issue: medical advances from the First World War; the battle of Kapyong, Korea; and the aftermath of the Gulf War. And more! Loading…
A small sombre service
Remembrance

A small sombre service

Remembrance Day 2020 in Ottawa was different but no less poignant The wreaths were almost all placed beforehand, 379 of them neatly lined up in rows at the base of the National War Memorial in Ottawa, each bearing the words Lest We Forget/Nous Nous Souviendrons in gold on purple ribbons. Chairs were spaced several metres apart for a handful of guests and veterans expressly invited to attend the Remembrance Day 2020 ceremony. The usual crowds were not there; only a few of the faithful lingered on the margins. In fact, The Royal Canadian Legion, which produces the annual service, discouraged people from attending in the midst of the worst pandemic in a century. The new challenges wrought by COVID-19, so evident in the gaps surrounding the ceremony on Nov. 11, did not escape the ora...
New partner offers car and home insurance
Editorial

New partner offers car and home insurance

Royal Canadian Legion members and their families can benefit from an exclusive discount on home and car insurance from the Legion’s newest partner in the Member Benefits Package (MBP), belairdirect. These discounts are on top of any other discounts, savings and benefits customers are already eligible for from belairdirect. In addition, members also receive enhanced coverage on residential insurance at no additional cost. Besides saving money, members purchasing insurance from belairdirect will be supporting The Royal Canadian Legion, which in turn supports services and programs for veterans. The program is available now to members residing in British Columbia (home insurance only), Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. To get started, call 1-833-294-2911. For members residing in other regions,...
A new voice for veterans
Editorial

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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