Remembrance

Survivors in turmoil

Six years of war in continental Europe was drawing to a close but for many, if not most, victory was bittersweet—and defeat was devastating. Up to 40 million people in Europe were dead, the vast majority of them non-combatants, and as many as 11 million refugees wandered the wasted landscape. Entire cities were in ruin,...
  • On My Honour

    January 1, 2014 by Adam Day
    In tribute to the lost, the wounded and their families on Remembrance Day in Ottawa At just past 11 a.m. on November 11th, four jets thundered over the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa, an unmistakable signal that the 11th hour of the 11th day of...
  • Travelling through the interior of South Korea on the KTX high-speed train between Seoul and Busan, one cannot escape the hypnotic rhythm of the rising hills and valleys filled with rice paddies. “The hills—you never forget the hills,” I heard more than one Canadian veteran of...
  • 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...
  • The National Ceremony

    January 11, 2013 by Dan Black
    Former Chief of Defence Staff Walter Natynczyk shakes hands with a veteran. PHOTO: MARC FOWLER & RANDY HARQUAIL/METROPOLIS STUDIO The stories are written on the faces, but mostly in the knowing expressions of those who “were there.” They are found in the eyes of the...
  • Remembrance In Thunder Bay

    January 11, 2013 by Sharon Adams
    North side, south side, Port Arthur, Fort William; for close on two centuries a spirited rivalry has existed between the citizens of the area that is now the city of Thunder Bay, Ont., snuggled on the northwest shore of Lake Superior. Depending on your perspective,...
  • A newspaper clipping brings back some memories for Ted. PHOTO: DAN WARD I’m on the road before dawn, driving north along an asphalt ribbon towards the capital and the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre. I decide to take the long way in from the...
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