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Two wars in two weeks

In July, pilgrims from across Canada visited battlefields, cemeteries and memorials in France, Belgium and the Netherlands “If yesterday was the longest day,” says Ed Pigeau, “today was probably the hardest day.” Pigeau is summarizing days 3 and 4 of The Royal Canadian Legion 2015 Pilgrimage of Remembrance during the daily after-dinner debrief. The longest...
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    Normandy Tour: Juno Beach Route

    January 21, 2014 by Terry Copp
    The 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy will introduce a new generation of Canadians to events that have long stirred the imaginations and collective memories of veterans and their children. There will no doubt be extensive television coverage on June 6, centered on...
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    A century ago, Alex Wilson of Killam, Alta., won a watch at a carnival. It was in his pocket when he enlisted and during the Battle of Passchendaele when he was wounded. The young stretcher-bearer returned to Canada with two things he loved—his bride, Leah Beatrice...
  • Vimy: Through Generations

    July 5, 2012 by Sharon Adams
    Silence reigns over the fields surrounding the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, about 175 kilometres north of Paris. The pockmarked battlefields where 100,000 Canadians fought 95 years ago have been softened by time, the slumped shoulders of the trenches clothed by grass and surrounded by spring-green...
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    Guns fired in the distance as the 26 members of The Royal Canadian Legion’s Youth Leaders’ Pilgrimage of Remembrance stepped off the coach amid endless rows of potatoes and other vegetables in Belgium. These were not the guns of long past battles, but merely the...
  • Where Newfoundland Remembers

    September 14, 2011 by Sharon Adams
    There is no living memory of what happened July 1, 1916, on the Beaumont Hamel battlefield in France, the day 801 members of the Newfoundland Regiment walked into a hailstorm of machine-gun bullets. History books record the facts and figures—it took only half an hour...
  • Return To Kapyong

    July 14, 2011 by Dan Black
    Alex is pouring scotch when George arrives; 10 floors up in a hotel room overlooking the bursting city of Seoul, South Korea. Outside, rays of light explode from automated signs, creating late-night exclamation marks above streets that resemble run-on sentences in the ultimate story of growth....
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