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,...
  • Armistice Centenary: How we ended it (Pt.1 of 4)

    November 3, 2018 by J.L. Granatstein
    What a relief to parents of the boys serving!” wrote Lieutenant Walter Thomas Robus of Norwood, Ont., a few days after the First World War ended with Germany’s surrender on Nov. 11, 1918. “And what a relief to know the slaughter and suffering are over.”...
  • Witness to Slaughter

    September 9, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    For Dan Drew and the other Canadians who fought in Croatia over those few days in September 1993, the salient dividing Serb and Croation forces became “Canada’s Vietnam”—an obscure battle that for years went unrecognized, its soldiers unthanked, its scars unhealed. Four Canadians were wounded...
  • Behind barbed wire

    April 8, 2018 by Sharon Adams
    A small cheese sent from home played a big role in the survival of two starving Canadians in a First World War prisoner-of-war camp deep in Germany. “It was one of the cream cheeses…so popular in Canada,” Lance-Corporal Edward Edwards wrote in his 1918 memoir,...
  • Cumming’s castle

    March 24, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    If you can navigate the aisles of tactical gear, negotiate the crates, cartons and overstocked shelves of surplus military goods, and traverse the cluttered stairs to a hole-in-the-wall office buried in the deepest corner of Crown Surplus, you just may be lucky enough to discover...
  • The liberation of Zeeland

    March 16, 2018 by Adam M. Tindal
    The Battle of the Scheldt was a massive Canadian victory that was largely overshadowed by British and American triumphs of the Second World War. But not everyone has forgotten Canada’s Cinderella Army and the importance of its victory along the Scheldt River in the fall...
  • Youth focus on remembrance

    October 10, 2017 by Stephanie Slegtenhorst
    Each year since the 1960s, Canadian students from coast to coast have been participating in The Royal Canadian Legion’s poster and literary contests. Essays, poems and posters honour Canada’s veterans and those who have fallen, keeping remembrance relevant for the youth of today. The contest...
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