A Heartfelt Remembrance

by Ray Dick From top: Nepean, Ont., resident J. Roger MacPherson, who served during peacetime with the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada, looks on during the national Remembrance Day ceremony; the Governor General flanked by Silver Cross Mother Doreen Coolen and Dominion President Allan Parks. The thousands of war veterans, military members and other Canadians who gathered at the National War Memorial waited patiently on the morning of Nov. 11 under threatening skies for the Remembrance Day ceremony to begin...

Guardians Of Remembrance

by Victoria Fulford Bombardier Adam Pankratz stands guard during the ceremony. An eerie fog blanketed Portage la Prairie, Man., on the morning of Nov. 11. It was a fog so thick that people and objects seemed to disappear. Some said it was fitting weather for Remembrance Day, considering the thousands of soldiers from across Canada who travelled to distant fields of battle never to return to their families. The people of Portage la Prairie are well aware of how quickly the weather can change in their part of the world. As has been the custom for the last few years now, the Remembrance Day ceremony was held indoors at the Portage Alliance Church. "In Manitoba you never know what the weather is going to be like," explained Marlene Nicholls, president of ...

United By Remembrance

by Ray Dick Two female World War II veterans examine the display of wreaths. There was pride tempered with tears for lost sons and daughters as Canadians gathered at the National War Memorial on Remembrance Day to remember the sacrifices to past wars and conflicts. And although the sun shone brightly in Ottawa, the air was chilled by the wind and by the numbing shadow left over from last September's terrorist attacks in the United States. "A generation ago we defeated the forces of hatred, cruelty, tyranny and racism," Rabbi Reuven Bulka, honorary chaplain for The Royal Canadian Legion, told the crowd of 15,000 gathered under tight security in downtown Ottawa. "But the war against these ravaging intrusions on human decency is not over." "It is a s...

On The Path Of Remembrance

by Mac Johnston Standing at the Vimy Memorial in France, the youth leaders are: (front, from left): Marcus Munro of Elkford, B.C., Keith Raike of Deer Lake, Nfld., Louise Chapdelaine of Waterloo, Que., Lester Davison of Kensington, P.E.I., Mark Christiansen of Thunder Bay, Ont., Andréa Villeneuve of Timmins, Ont., (rear) Terry Brideau of Val-Comeau, N.B., Marina Clayton-Theriault of Windsor, N.S., Kathleen Salt of Slave Lake, Alta., and Leo Twerdin of Iqaluit, Nunavut. In its continuing quest to spread the concept ...

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

  He gave everything, including his name. He died on a muddy battlefield in France more than 80 years ago and because of that we know very little about him. He is Canada’s Unknown Soldier and the nation welcomed him home with tremendous dignity last May and laid him to rest in a tomb in front of the National War Memorial. It is a powerful story, but it does not end with the funeral; it endures so long as we–and generations to come–remember his symbolic sacrifice and pause long enough every day to think about the hope and the fear associated with preserving the kind of peace and freedom he fought and died for. Hope comes when we think about the way in which The Royal Canadian Legion and other groups joined forces to bring him home and the way in which thousands of people have...



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