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Expectations high for new minister

February 1, 2016 by Sharon Adams
Kent Hehr

Minister of Veterans Affairs Kent Hehr faces a steep challenge over the next few months living up to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s campaign promises to veterans. And veterans’ advocates will be watching every step along the way. “I think there are good intentions,” said retired captain Mark Campbell of Edmonton, one of the plaintiffs in the…

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St.John’s to host dominion convention

February 1, 2016 by Legion Magazine
Dom Conv

Royal Canadian Legion delegates from commands, sections and branches are invited to assemble their delegates in St. John’s, N.L., for the 46th dominion convention on June 11-15. “I’m told it will be one of the largest conventions ever held in St. John’s,” said Local Arrangements Committee Chair Berkley Lawrence. About 1,500 delegates are expected, along…

Remembrance

Thunderous acclaim

January 26, 2016 by Sharon Adams
Ham 3

Hamiltonians gathered to honour veterans of all stripes and many conflicts   The silence during the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, Ont., was just ending when a distant thrum could be heard, a noise that grew and swelled and multiplied until the magnificent sound of an Avro Lancaster bomber’s…

Eye On Defence

Time for a new defence White Paper

January 14, 2016 by David J. Bercuson
EOD

The defence platform of the newly elected Liberal government was not extensive and in part vague, as other parties’ election promises were. But there were two promises the Liberals made that require a closer look. The first of these was the promise that the Report on Transformation 2011, written by a team headed by Lieutenant-General Andrew…

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Blood in the mud

February 2, 2016 by Legion Magazine
E-Blast Ad It is not easy to connect with the experiences of Canadian soldiers in the First World War. Now, one hundred years in our past, it has slipped beyond living memory. But we think we have found a way to bring you back, to connect with the epic story of the Somme. And we want you...

Expectations high for new minister

February 1, 2016 by Sharon Adams
Kent Hehr Minister of Veterans Affairs Kent Hehr faces a steep challenge over the next few months living up to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s campaign promises to veterans. And veterans’ advocates will be watching every step along the way. “I think there are good intentions,” said retired captain Mark Campbell of Edmonton, one of the plaintiffs in...

On this date: February 2016

January 31, 2016 by Legion Magazine
  1 FEBRUARY 1944 For the first time since the First World War, a Canadian Corps operates in the front line, in Italy.   2 FEBRUARY 1943 The German 6th Army surrenders at Stalingrad.   3 FEBRUARY 1916 The Parliament Buildings in Ottawa are destroyed by fire.   4 FEBRUARY 1915 Lieut. William Frederick...

Watching Syria die

January 13, 2016 by Adam Day
Syria 3 The crisis in Syria and Iraq—and the torment of the refugees—as considered by three of the smartest minds we could find Syria is dying. It’s emptying out. And the war is unleashing unprecedented chaos on the region, on Europe and on the world. The New York Times described it as a “proto-world war,” and...

Humour Hunt

January 11, 2016 by Legion Magazine
Bernard McElwaine of Finchley, England, onetime captain in the North Shore (N.B.) Regt., says that during the Normandy fighting an order was issued to forbid “liberating” livestock to augment the monotonous “compo” rations. A passing senior officer in a jeep spotted two soldiers preparing some chickens, a goose and a pig for the kitchen....

Military health research benefits all Canadians

January 7, 2016 by Sharon Adams
With this issue, we begin a new column called Military Health Matters. Health advice columns, news on civilian health research and analysis of public health issues abound in newspapers, magazines, blogs and websites—but much less is available on issues concerning serving military, veterans and their families. Yet military health research and development greatly benefits...

NATO’s show of force

January 5, 2016 by Adam Day
Frontlines With the chaos in Syria continuing to spill out across the world, it’s quite easy to overlook Russia’s recent behaviour, the unusual and worrying aggression it has displayed not only against its neighbouring countries but elsewhere. While the world’s attention may have shifted to Syria, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization coalition is still tracking...

Pilgrimage to Turkey: Going back to Gallipoli

January 5, 2016 by Tom MacGregor
Gal 10 The Newfoundland Regiment was the only North American military unit to fight in Britain and France’s costly Gallipoli Campaign in the twilight of the Ottoman Empire   Not long after landing in Gallipoli in September 1915, the Newfoundland Regiment found itself stalled in trench warfare, constantly harassed by sniper fire. In particular, Major T.M....

Our Back Pages 1926-1938: The early years

January 4, 2016 by Legion Magazine
First in a six-part series looking back at 90 years of The Legionary and Legion Magazine   The Legion—An Established Fact,” reads the headline in the first issue of The Legionary, published May 15, 1926. It is a front-page editorial, proudly proclaiming that the Legion was a growing entity with more than 200 branches and...
The photo of the three-year-old Syrian boy, Alan Kurdî, whose body surfaced on the shore of Turkey earlier this fall, galvanized global attention on the seminal humanitarian challenge of our time. Since the outbreak in 2011, the Syrian crisis has seen the death of more than 200,000 people and the displacement of more than...

Churchill and Hitler

December 31, 2015 by Mark Zuehlke
HaV 3 Winston Churchill and Adolph Hitler were both charismatic, demanding leaders who promised to restore order to their society after the disruption and devastation of the Great War. They were also mortal enemies with very different visions of what social order should look like.  Emnity  “If we can stand up to him, all Europe may...

On this date : January 2016

December 22, 2015 by Legion Magazine
Jan 2 1 January 1885 Standard time goes into effect, the brainchild of Canadian Pacific Railway chief engineer Sir Sandford Fleming. 2 January 1940 The first Canadians decorated in the Second World War, Pilot Officer S.R. Henderson and Wing Commander J.F. Griffiths, are awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. 2 January-8 February 1950 Lester Pearson is aboard...

Peace on Earth | Merry Christmas

December 21, 2015 by Legion Magazine
Legion Magazine presents a special Christmas tribute video to our soldiers and military history. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us at Legion...
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