A tour to remember – The Royal Canadian Legion 2019 Pilgrimage of Remembrance

In the early hours of Aug. 19, 1942, a largely Canadian military contingent conducted an ill-fated raid on German-occupied France. More than 6,000 infantry, including Private George Davies of the South Saskatchewan Regiment, landed on the beach at Dieppe that morning and faced deadly enemy fire. More than 3,600 of those who made it ashore...
  • Dutch gratitude

    March 16, 2019 by Doris Williams
    Holland’s appreciation of Canada abounds as the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands approaches   The Netherlands was a neutral country when the Second World War broke out on Sept. 1, 1939, with Germany’s invasion of Poland. However, Germany invaded the Netherlands on May...
  • Their names live on

    November 3, 2017 by Tom MacGregor
    Story and photography by Tom MacGregor I found the name I was looking for on the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing in Ypres, Belgium, along the stairway where moments earlier school groups and regimental representatives had placed wreaths. The name, under the 44th Battalion...
  • Commemorating the Battle of Vimy Ridge

    April 26, 2017 by Stephanie Slegtenhorst
    More than 25,000 people attended the April 9th ceremony to commemorate the achievements and sacrifices of Canadian soldiers 100 years ago at the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The ceremony included speeches by dignitaries from Canada, Britain and France, as well as musical and acting performances....
  • Pilgrimage to Turkey: Going back to Gallipoli

    January 5, 2016 by Tom MacGregor
    The Newfoundland Regiment was the only North American military unit to fight in Britain and France’s costly Gallipoli Campaign in the twilight of the Ottoman Empire   Not long after landing in Gallipoli in September 1915, the Newfoundland Regiment found itself stalled in trench warfare,...
  • French students make pilgrimage to Canada

    November 27, 2015 by Sharon Adams
    During a whirlwind visit to Cornwall, Ont., in mid-August, students from France took advantage of every opportunity to greet and thank Second World War veterans and shower them with Gallic double kisses. “It was a treat to meet the veterans, a duty to honour them,” said...
  • Two wars in two weeks

    November 10, 2015 by Eric Harris
    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...
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