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,...
  • Where buried love doth lie

    November 10, 2016 by Sharon Adams
    It was a solemn duty when a teenaged Neil Grainger picked up a shovel in 1943 to plant a blue hydrangea outside Chilliwack High School in memory of his brother Frank. Just 20, and married but a year, Frank died in a training accident in...
  • Love Long Lost

    November 7, 2016 by Adam Day
    At this point, it’s pretty clear that Cynthia Hess-von Kruedener enjoys danger. She is three days into a pilgrimage to southern Lebanon, journeying to the site where her husband was killed 10 years ago, and she’s going there to pay her final respects. She is...
  • Students reflect on Canada’s sacrifices

    October 1, 2016 by Adam Day
    In raw numbers alone, it has to be one of the largest, most enduring contest of the arts in Canada. For more than 50 years Canadians students have been entering posters, essays and poems in The Royal Canadian Legion’s annual poster and literary contests. This...
  • A monument for the missing

    May 2, 2016 by Jason Duprau
    The Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium— a memorial to 54,395 Commonwealth soldiers with no known grave—is the setting for a daily ritual of remembrance   It is 5:00 a.m. and the streets of Ypres, Belgium, are dark and quiet. I’m out early today, on my...
  • Our back pages: 1946-1960

    May 1, 2016 by Legion Magazine
    Resettlement and a larger magazine Third in a six-part series looking back at 90 years of  The Legionary and Legion Magazine After the Second World War, The Legionary became an important vehicle for communicating news of benefits available to returning veterans. Still, the Legion had problems putting...
  • The rarely mentioned war

    March 20, 2016 by Richard Gimblett
    How the Persian Gulf War changed the Canadian Armed Forces It doesn’t feel like a quarter-century has gone by since the Persian Gulf War of 1990-91. When I entered the Royal Military College as an officer cadet in 1975, it similarly had been 25 years since...
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