Pilgrimages

Pilgrimages

Their Soldiers

Clockwise from top: Students from across Canada remember the fallen while standing behind headstones in Canadian Cemetery No. 2 on Vimy Ridge; Patrick Baird displays his Vimy anniversary commemorative medal and green replica WW I tunic; Robbie Hart with his bandana prior to the ceremonies; Brody Levant sprinkles a bit of Canada on the grave of William Foord. Cold silent names inscribed on sunlit stone, facing outwardly across a ridge through time--towards a congregation of youthful promise. It was the perfect meeting of past and present: the ghosts and distant memories of a historic battle cast with the youth of Canada today. It is estimated that between 4,000 and 5,000 students journeyed from schools throughout the provinces and territories to the famous ridge overlooking the Douai ...
Pilgrimages

Sentimental Journey

Clockwise from top: In the passageway of VIA Rail Canada's War Bride train, (from front to back) Doris Lolly, Brenda Burtenshaw-Butt and Peggy Marshall find their berths and say hello; Joe and Phyllis Cummings say 'I do' and renew their wedding vows at Pier 21; Lena Condon remembers the early years in Canada, while enjoying the view from the Skyline Car. "You know dear, we never thought of divorce. We thought of murder, but never divorce," giggled Lena Condon, a wee war bride originally from Ireland. It is Nov. 6 and she is one of approximately 225 brides, and approximately 150 family members, heading from Montreal to Halifax on board VIA Rail Canada's War Bride Train. I am here to paint thes...
Pilgrimages

They Were Young As We Are Young

It was plain to see that the Veterans Affairs Canada pilgrimage to mark the 90th anniversary of the battles of Beaumont Hamel and the Somme would not be one involving World War I veterans, but it would certainly be about remembrance--with special emphasis on today's youth. PHOTO BY TOM MACGREGOR From left: Monica MacAusland and Chantelle Mariasha LaRose shed tears at one of the cemeteries. No World War I veterans could be on the June 27 to July 5 trip, but veterans groups, including The Royal Canadian Legion and 10 other organizations, would be represented along with five veterans from WW II and six Canadian Forces veterans. The Legion would be represented by newly elected Dominion President Jack Frost who travelled to France following the June 25-28 dominion convention in Calgary. ...
Pilgrimages

Train of Heroes

Top panorama: The Remembrance Day Train was the longest passenger train in Atlantic Canada in many years; along the way WW II Canadian Women's Army Corps veteran Edna Sampson, a member of North Rustico, P.E.I., Branch, and daughter Anita Mullins of Musquodoboit Harbour, N.S., take in the scenery from a dining car; the crowd at Truro, N.S. shows its appreciation of the veterans; West Nova Scotia Regt. WW II veteran Fred Gallant and wife Thalda of Summerside, P.E.I., stroll down the red carpet during the royal send-off in Halifax. In a time of conflict, turmoil and terrorism around the globe, the Year of the Veteran struck a chord with Canadians. It resounded across the land in 2005, evoking an appreciation of Canada's veterans as heroes, quite unlike anything seen here since the end of W...
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From Books To Battlefields

photos by Dan Black Royal Military College officer cadets (from left) Michael St. Pierre, Neil Pettitt, Andre Gascon and Karla Lyster emerge from a pillbox that has fallen from its wartime position overlooking the beach at Puys. France. Step beyond the lines you’ve read and venture onto the fields or beaches. Feel the ground beneath your feet and take a deep breath. Look around; orient yourself to the complexities of the ground and try to figure out what was at stake. Now listen to the people who not only teach military history, but know what works and what doesn’t from a tactical point of view. It’s the perfect learning opportunity if you’re interested in Canada’s military past, especially if you’re studying to be an officer in the Canadian Forces. Take th...
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An Italian Remembrance

Illustrations and story by Jennifer Morse Clockwise from top left: Student Celene Montgomery arrives at Canadian College Italy in Lanciano; college history teacher Dennis Makowetsky (left) chats with author Saverio Di Tullio during a visit to the Moro River Canadian War Cemetery; Cristina D'Alessandro (left) and Christine Tessaro (centre) sing at the Remembrance Day ceremony; Eric Pilon, Eric Rumi and Dai Yokoyama visit graves at Moro River Canadian War Cemetery; Jessica Melchiorre and David Muncaster in class; Francesca LaSorda, 83, shares a moment with students (from left) Zale Mednick, Celene Montgomery, Christine Tessaro, Aram Barra and Gordon Urquhart. The leaves in Italy change colour only a few weeks after our own trees lose their leaves, and the cream and o...

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