Witness to Remembrance

Learning history where history was made. That’s the focus of this new Legion Magazine post aimed at opening up discussion on visits to Canadian memorials and battlefields. From France and Belgium to Italy, Hong Kong, Korea and the high seas, there are many sacred locations, including some right here at home, where Canadians served and died. Year after year they are visited by thousands of Canadians who want to honour this service and sacrifice. Collectively, these witnesses to remembrance represent a cross-section of Canadian society, from young students to families of service personnel to war veterans. We are please to present this online forum as a way of encouraging their discussion.

Witness to Remembrance

Hannah Payumo’s Remembrance Day Reflection

Transformed By Being In The Right Place Hannah Payumo, a Grade 12 student at St. Boniface Diocesan High School in Winnipeg, was a recipient of the 2014 Beaverbrook Vimy Scholarship. She and other Canadian student winners travelled to England, France and Belgium to tour and learn about Canada’s involvement in both world wars. The trip transformed her thinking on remembrance, and she is eager to share her story with other Canadians. See below for her thoughtful presentation. Hannah Payumo’s Remembrance Day Reflection: By now I think that a lot of you know why I’d be up here today, on Remembrance Day of all days. In case you didn’t know, my name’s Hannah Payumo and I was a recipient of the Beaverbrook Vimy Prize, a two-week scholarship trip to England, France and Belgium to study W...
Witness to Remembrance

Return To Juno Beach 2014

Alan Roy is a Canadian veteran visiting France for the celebrations for the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Yesterday, I watched as a Canadian D-Day veteran was mobbed in front of the Juno Beach Centre. Dan Gallipeau, a Life Member of the Legion from Montreal had a lineup of Canadian visitors, French locals and a few U.S. tourists waiting to speak with him and to offer their thanks. Dan switched back and forth between French and English languages with ease as he conversed with each individual and stood for pictures.  He created such a stir that two local police officers saluted and came over to meet him. Then a CTV team asked if they could interview him.   The amount of vintage military vehicles that I have seen on the highways traveling to Caen and then to the landing beaches h...
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The 2nd Annual Caribbean Commonwealth Cruise – Day Six

Arrived in Philipsburg, St. Maarten, at 8 this a.m.  Another beautiful Island. Every one on this veterans cruise is having a wonderful time. Great people and lots of Friendships formed from all over the country. We strolled along the beach at Philipsburg. Dominion First Vice Tom Eagles with Frances Robertson, (quite a lady with a wonderful sense of humour) our oldest lady cruiser at 85.
Witness to Remembrance

The 2nd Annual Caribbean Commonwealth Cruise – Day Five

Trafalgar Falls in Dominica.   Television crews prepare for a remembrance ceremony in Roseau, Dominica.   Tom Eagles (standing) talks with a Second World War veteran.   A colourful wreath is brought to the ceremony.   Dominion First Vice Tom Eagles places a wreath.   Tom and Georgina Gallagher from Centennial Branch in Dartmouth, N.S., enjoy walking near the falls.   The cruise ship arrives at Roseau, Dominica's capital and largest city. Legionnaires arrive for a ceremony.   The Celebrity Equinox at port.    
Witness to Remembrance

The 2nd Annual Caribbean Commonwealth Cruise – Day Three

Arrived at Basseterre, St. Kitts, at 0700 and 172 nautical miles from St. Thomas. Everyone enjoying the shopping and strolling just off the pier. Everyone so friendly. Weather gorgeous. Here is Joe and Charliene Franczak from R.L. Zengel Branch in Rocky Mountain House, Alta., waiting for their Island and rum tasting tour. Most of the tour members who went on this tour, Feb 4.

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