Remembrance

Dutch gratitude
Pilgrimages, Remembrance

Dutch gratitude

Holland’s appreciation of Canada abounds as the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands approaches   The Netherlands was a neutral country when the Second World War broke out on Sept. 1, 1939, with Germany’s invasion of Poland. However, Germany invaded the Netherlands on May 10, 1940, pulling the country into the war. By May 17, it was under German occupation. The next five years were brutal for the Dutch people. The south was liberated by the end of 1944, but the rest of the country not until the first months of 1945, and not completely until German forces surrendered on May 5, 1945. Canadian airmen, sailors and soldiers played a major role in the liberation of Holland and, to this day, the Dutch people gratefully remember their sacrifices. This gratitude and ...
Bells of peace
News, Remembrance

Bells of peace

At sundown on Nov. 11, communities across Canada marked the Armistice centenary with 100 tolls   They came from small towns and big cities, villages and farms, east and west, north and south—619,636 volunteers and conscripts, two-thirds of whom served overseas during the First World War. More than 66,000 were killed and 172,000 wounded in places like Ypres, the Somme, Passchendaele, Vimy Ridge. The place names are part of the lexicon of Canadian history, but they also died in faraway Egypt, Palestine, Gallipoli and on the Dvina River in northern Russia. At home, it was a sombre time as sons and brothers and fathers—daughters, sisters and mothers, too—enlisted and served overseas, so many never to return. Across Great Britain from 1914 to 1918, regulations introduced under the...
A day of healing
Remembrance

A day of healing

On the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, white wreaths evoked Ottawa’s first Armistice Day   They began to gather at 7 a.m., the first of a crowd that swelled to 35,000 at the Remembrance Day service in the nation’s capital. Many came to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended the First World War; some came to honour relatives or friends, bringing along medals, photos and mementos; others came to honour the sacrifice of the 117,000 who have died in military service throughout Canada’s history, and in gratitude to the living who serve and the veterans who continue to suffer. During the ceremony, a special wreath representing all those who served in the Great War was placed by John Goheen, a school principal from Port Coquitlam, B.C. “The Great...
On the beach
Remembrance

On the beach

A tour of the Normandy coastline honours those who crossed an ocean to fight tyranny   The sky is cloudy, but the rain holds off for this year’s commemorative ceremony at the Juno Beach Centre in Courseulles-sur-Mer, France, on June 6. The audience is filled with veterans and their families, currently serving military, officials and dignitaries, and a new, younger generation—all here to reflect and remember. The day marks the 74th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy, when a fleet of more than 6,000 vessels landed an assault force of 156,000 men on five beaches codenamed, from west to east, Utah and Omaha (American), Gold (British), Juno (Canadian) and Sword (British). Some 14,500 Canadians landed on Juno Beach by the end of the day. It is also a significant...
Embracing a  modern-day Legion
Remembrance

Embracing a modern-day Legion

Delegates meet up in Manitoba and make plans for the future   In late August, 928 accredited delegates from across the country assembled in Winnipeg for The Royal Canadian Legion’s 47th Dominion Convention, determined to plan a course for the future focused on expanding membership, improving public awareness, fostering a welcoming culture and, of course, working tirelessly to support Canada’s veterans. The city rolled out its best big blue sky for the parade on Sunday, Aug. 26. Forming up under the gaze of the Eternal Youth—better known as Golden Boy, a gilded statue atop the Manitoba Legislative Building at the south end of Memorial Boulevard—the parade marched, command by command, to the Winnipeg Cenotaph for a commemoration ceremony. Wreaths were placed by 2017-18 Natio...
Armistice Centenary: The great sacrifice –what has it served? (Pt.4 of 4)
Remembrance

Armistice Centenary: The great sacrifice –what has it served? (Pt.4 of 4)

To all who lived through the war years, and more particularly to those who saw active service—today has been a day of sacred memories, different perhaps in detail to each one of us, but yet all based on similar experiences and similar emotions. With the lapse of years, Armistice Day becomes naturally less demonstrative. The ranks of those who saw service grow yearly smaller, as we pay our toll to time. And in future the day will grow less weighted with meaning to the generation born in the years between. But whatever changes may come, and however slight may be the recognition of future generations, I hope that Armistice Day may never cease to be impressive. I hope that the two-minutes interval of solemn silence will always be more than a formal, statutory gesture—that it will always m...

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