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,...
  • A Living Memorial: 100,000 Strong

    September 1, 2009 by Tom MacGregor
    Artwork by Jessica Wu of Vancouver won first place in the Legion’s 2007 intermediate colour poster category. ILLUSTRATION: JESSICA WU Much of the best-known poetry dealing with themes of war and remembrance has been written by men and women who fought in the battlefields or...
  • Summer’s Bloom

    July 1, 2009 by Legion Magazine
    A field of poppies near St. Lambert-sur-Dives, Normandy, July 1996. PHOTO: DAN BLACK Tied to the wartorn earth of Flanders, a poppy rises above a thick patch of daisies to face the sun. A strong gust of wind from the northeast sends its scarlet bloom...
  • Centred On Juno

    May 28, 2009 by Sharon Adams
    Quite unique in design, the Juno Beach Centre at Courseulles-sur-Mer in Normandy is both a learning centre and a memorial. From the air it resembles a stylized maple leaf. PHOTO: JUNO BEACH CENTRE Canadians travelling to France to mark the 65th anniversary of the D-Day...
  • Lessons From Dennis

    January 12, 2009 by Ron Doorn
    Dennis Chisholm. ILLUSTRATION: DAVID CRAIG For many years our school just outside Regina was blessed with a Remembrance Day speaker who served during the Second World War. His name is Dennis Chisholm, a giant of a man with a booming voice that draws you immediately...
  • Je Me Souviens

    January 4, 2009 by Tom MacGregor
    White doves held by (from left) Josée Verner, Mayor Régis Labeaume and Premier Jean Charest are released. PHOTO: TOM MacGREGOR A distant call to remembrance seems natural in Quebec City, especially for those gathering around the Cross of Sacrifice for the annual Remembrance Day service....
  • Hold It High

    January 1, 2009 by Adam Day
    Jack Babcock passes the torch. VIDEO CAPTURES: VETERANS AFFAIRS CANADA It is hard to say that a Remembrance Day ceremony could have a star, but this one did. When Canada’s last remaining First World War veteran, Jack Babcock, popped up on the big screens surrounding the National War...
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