Bells of peace

At sundown on Nov. 11, communities across Canada marked the Armistice centenary with 100 tolls   They came from small towns and big cities, villages and farms, east and west, north and south—619,636 volunteers and conscripts, two-thirds of whom served overseas during the First World War. More than 66,000 were killed and 172,000 wounded...
  • A day of healing

    January 2, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    On the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, white wreaths evoked Ottawa’s first Armistice Day   They began to gather at 7 a.m., the first of a crowd that swelled to 35,000 at the Remembrance Day service in the nation’s capital....
  • On the beach

    November 22, 2018 by Jennifer McGill
    A tour of the Normandy coastline honours those who crossed an ocean to fight tyranny   The sky is cloudy, but the rain holds off for this year’s commemorative ceremony at the Juno Beach Centre in Courseulles-sur-Mer, France, on June 6. The audience is filled...
  • Embracing a modern-day Legion

    November 15, 2018 by Eric Harris
    Delegates meet up in Manitoba and make plans for the future   In late August, 928 accredited delegates from across the country assembled in Winnipeg for The Royal Canadian Legion’s 47th Dominion Convention, determined to plan a course for the future focused on expanding membership,...
  • To all who lived through the war years, and more particularly to those who saw active service—today has been a day of sacred memories, different perhaps in detail to each one of us, but yet all based on similar experiences and similar emotions. With the...
  • Armistice Centenary: Last to fall (Pt.3 of 4)

    November 8, 2018 by John Boileau
    5:12 a.m., Nov. 11, 1918  After three days of negotiations, Allied and German representatives meet in a railway carriage parked in a forest clearing northeast of Paris and sign an agreement to end four years of fighting. Germany wants the ceasefire to come into effect...
  • Armistice Centenary: The symmetry of Mons (Pt.2 of 4)

    November 6, 2018 by J.L. Granatstein
    On Aug. 4, 1914, the German Army launched its Schlieffen Plan against France. The plan sent the German Second and Third Armies on a huge wheeling movement through Belgium, and they moved quickly westward toward the French border. On Aug. 23, they came into contact...
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