Remembrance

Hush-hush heroes

Montrealer Gustave Biéler spent the Christmas of 1943 in France. It was likely to be his last. The Nazis had launched a manhunt for him and his comrades in the French Resistance. The spy, known only by his code name Guy, wrote a few lines on the back of a photograph and handed it...
  • To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, Legion Magazine, Canada’s Ultimate Story and William Shatner tell the story of this important First World War battle. Our victory at Vimy was a defining event for Canada. On the 100th anniversary, we revisit the Canadian triumph over the...
  • The job for me

    March 6, 2017 by Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail
    Women in Canadian military aviation   Whiplash is how they described it. In 1980, when captains Nora Bottomley, Deanna (Dee) Brasseur and Leah Mosher walked anywhere in their Canadian air force blue flight suits, heads snapped around. The three women were the first in the country...
  • The battle for the ridge

    March 1, 2017 by Tim Cook
    There is perhaps no place in France where as many men have been killed to the square yard as on this sloping ground,” recounted Lieutenant-Colonel Joseph Hayes of the 85th Battalion of the Vimy Ridge battlefield. The ridge in northeastern France was a crucial high...
  • Remembrance in the capital

    January 3, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Four reservists from Halifax find it worth the drive   For Darrel MacDonald, Nov. 11, 2016, was a long time in coming. The former corporal in Nova Scotia’s Princess Louise Fusiliers had planned a pilgrimage to Ottawa’s National War Memorial ever since one of his own...
  • Where buried love doth lie

    November 10, 2016 by Sharon Adams
    It was a solemn duty when a teenaged Neil Grainger picked up a shovel in 1943 to plant a blue hydrangea outside Chilliwack High School in memory of his brother Frank. Just 20, and married but a year, Frank died in a training accident in...
  • Love Long Lost

    November 7, 2016 by Adam Day
    At this point, it’s pretty clear that Cynthia Hess-von Kruedener enjoys danger. She is three days into a pilgrimage to southern Lebanon, journeying to the site where her husband was killed 10 years ago, and she’s going there to pay her final respects. She is...
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