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

The 2nd Annual Caribbean Commonwealth Cruise – Day Two

Arrived in St.Thomas at 7 am after two days at sea. The weather is a beautiful, with a temperature of 80 degrees F. Dominion First Vice Tom Eagles with One-By-One membership campaign winner Judy Newhook.   The View from top of mountain in St Thomas. ___________________________________________________________________
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Playing The Pipes For My Great, Great Uncle: A young cadet pays his respects

a By Michael O’Sullivan   My great, great uncle, John Henry Thomson, was 28 years old when he fought in the 2nd Battle of Ypres during the First World War. He served with A Company, 13th Battalion, 3rd Infantry Brigade which was part of the 1st Canadian Division. The 13th Bn. was also known as the Royal Highlanders of Canada or Black Watch of Montreal. The 13th was one of the first kilted infantry battalions to fight in the war. Unfortunately, John Henry Thomson did not return from battle. He was fatally wounded on April 23, 1915. Like many of his peers, John Henry Thomson, who was born on March 26, 1886, enlisted in August 1914 soon after the outbreak of war. He was 28 years old with a height of six feet, two inches. This was an above average height. At the time ...
Witness to Remembrance

The Night In The Trenches 2013 – Bailey

“I have never done the trenches before but I would have liked to. I couldn’t make it due to a hockey road trip. I think it’s an excellent idea for students to participate in it to feel a small bit of what soldiers went through. It would help today’s generation to have more respect and be more thankful but also help remember as a community.” Bailey
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The Night In The Trenches 2013 – Lane

“I did the trenches once before. I honestly just don’t like the idea of being cold all night and then being tired for the next few days. Also, I’m hunting very hard and helping my dad so I don’t really have time to do it. I just remember differently.” Lane
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The Night In The Trenches 2013 – Bryce

“I think it is a very unique activity our school participated in. Although I think more interest would arise if it was done every second year. This way people would get more excited for it. I’ve been to some of the ceremony last year or before that and it was well done. It gives the kids a good perspective on how being in war was. I didn’t go because I think it is a good activity for guys to do. Usually more guys are involved anyways. I’m probably too lazy to freeze my butt off and dig a pointless hole.” Bryce

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