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Editorial: On remembering

Canada has a long history of respect and remembrance for citizens who served and fell in war. In fact it was a poem by Canadian physician John McCrae that first made the poppy an enduring symbol of remembrance, with the moving opening line: “In Flanders Fields the poppies grow, between the crosses row on row.”

Local residents (l to r) Ross McMillan, Bill Morrow, Chris Monk and Derek Jackson — who also serve on the local cemetery board — are committed to maintaining the community’s war memorial.

Remembering the men of Margaret

Residents of this small southwestern Manitoba village 
continue to attend to the care of their war memorial

Pale November sunlight glints off the cold red granite where their names are inscribed. They were farm boys, seven sons of Margaret families, who never returned home to their small southwestern Manitoba village a century ago. Sgt. William David McKellar’s name is on this monument. He died in a sea of blood-soaked mud October 26,


After 1918 about 100 communities chose to honour their fallen with a sculpture in Carrara marble. Manitoba has one of the highest concentrations of these soldier statues in Canada. A new book documents 18 of the 33 its author counted in this province.

Our stone soldiers

A new book Remembered in Bronze and Stone profiles 130 of Canada’s bronze and stone Great War memorials, including many of these century-old heritage sites found across rural Manitoba

It has been nearly a century since Foxwarren’s stone soldier began his vigil in this tiny western Manitoba village. The war memorial where he stands bears the names of 15 local young men who died in the Great War of 1914 to 1918. These stone soldier statues are a familiar sight in Manitoba, and notably

Luc Persyn displays some of his more recent findings, among them an unexploded bomb and a hand grenade.

Iron Harvest: Farming on deadly ground

One hundred years after the fact, Europe’s battlegrounds can still yield a deadly crop

October 19, 2014 was a warm and sunny day and West Flemish farmer Luc Persyn needed to do a little plowing. Little did he know that would almost kill him. When Persyn first heard the thump beneath his tractor he assumed he’d simply hit a rock, but then the cab slowly began to fill with

Members of the Holland, Man. Royal Canadian Legion Carol Kilfoyle (l) and Tamara Greenlay were part of an effort to name local waterways after fallen First W
orld War soldiers.

Remembering fallen soldiers closer to home

Legion members in Holland, Man. want geographical landmarks named after lost soldiers to be accessible

Members of the Royal Canadian Legion in Holland, Man. are asking why a provincial program that honours fallen soldiers by naming a geographical landmark after them can’t remember them closer to home. Les Ferris, who heads up the local branch, said they have been working with the local municipality and the provincial government in recent



Ray Loewen and Annie Doerksen carry a donation into a former furniture store being used as a depot for household goods for Syrian refugees who will settle in Altona.

Small towns with a big heart

In a spirit of giving that extends far beyond the season, rural Manitoba is rolling out the welcome mat for refugees

As the Daas family makes their way down the escalator at Winnipeg’s James Richardson International Airport, you’d be forgiven for thinking that rock stars or a reality TV clan had entered the building. Television crews jockey with kids holding handmade signs, while well-wishers and volunteers push in to hand bouquets of flowers and gifts to

VIDEO: Resettling refugee families in rural Manitoba

VIDEO: Resettling refugee families in rural Manitoba

Rural communities in many parts of the Prairies have joined the effort to alleviate the plight of refugees escaping war-torn Syria. Small Manitoba towns such as Altona, Winkler and Morden are doing their part to make room by welcoming seven Syrian families – a total of 45 people – into their communities. The area has a


Irrigation on a farm in Ethiopia

Delivering the water of life

Cash crops often replace food crops in farming

It was almost 30 years ago, but the engineer who brought water to Bila remembers well the people’s plight prior to irrigation. Many were refugees who had been repatriated after the Ethiopia-Somalian war. They were given a piece of canvas for shelter, a shovel, pickaxe, a goat and a cart — and told to start over.

world war 2 department of labour notice

Victory in Europe, economy on the homefront

Our History: October & November 1945

The Second World War had ended with victory in Europe declared in May and in Japan in August of 1945, but the lingering effects were still clear in our fall issues of 1945. This advertisement in the Oct. 1 issue advised how armed forces personnel could apply to be released for farm work. Economizing was