Remembrance

Pride & dignity

The Second World War is never far from the heart and mind of 97-year-old veteran Bill Anderson, whose 5th Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery, landed in Normandy on D-Day +6 and fought its way through Europe and into Germany. Appointed a troop commander after the lieutenant in charge was killed, the native of Saint...
  • 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 country, past leaning barns and rain-soaked fields strewn with dried corn...
  • Malta cares for veterans. So does the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League (RCEL) whose mandate is to provide a meal a day to the thousands of elderly veterans who go hungry across...
  • Gesture of Farewell

    January 7, 2012 by Tom MacGregor
    There was a moment in the Memorial Chamber when Patty Braun seemed to lose her composure. There, on Parliament Hill, in the chamber devoted to Canada’s war dead, she looked into the Seventh Book of Remembrance where she could see her son’s name, “Corporal Braun,...
  • Letters From Private Bill

    September 1, 2011 by Jennifer Morse
    Private Bill Cameron could not know that enlisting in the Second World War would end with him shot through the back and left face down in the mud in France. He was just one of so many Canadian boys who volunteered to fight the Germans....
  • They Live In Memory

    January 1, 2011 by Sharon Adams
    For the first time, Canadians commemorated Remembrance Day without a Canadian First World War veteran. With the passing of John Babcock, Canada’s last surviving soldier of the Great War, so passed the live memories of those who served in uniform during that time. Yet Canadians...
  • Learning What War Was: An Island Remembrance

    January 1, 2011 by Tom MacGregor
    Veterans form up in front of the cenotaph. PHOTO: TOM MacGREGOR Growing up in Sutton, England, a young Joyce Paynter heard people talking about the chance of war, but didn’t think it would happen. Then one day, I was coming home from school and the...