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November 11 — Remembering more than sacrifice

This spring I visited Gorizia, which today is in Italy but was formerly part of the Austro-Hungarian empire, where the First World War began, and which collapsed afterward. In Canada we more often hear of the battles on the Western Front and perhaps forget that those on the Eastern Front were equally horrific. Gorizia has

The Remembrance Day Service

She pinned a single poppy blood red just above her heart — on the navy blazer she would wear to the Remembrance Day Celebration “Please stand,” intoned the chaplain a bugle sounded — all turned to face the back as one by one they stepped in unison to the front a second bugle sound —


Soldiers of the Soil helped feed the front

Many who have served during times of war are remembered every November 11. But one group has been all but forgotten. They never faced combat, but did in fact serve as “Soldiers of the Soil.” Although this phrase has often been broadly used, there was an official Soldiers of the Soil program. Created as an

New Life For Old Soldiers’ Club

They stood deep in thought at the 11th hour. Jim Fargey thought of May 30, 1944 in Italy when his Sherman tank and its five-man crew were hit by enemy fire. Only he and another man got out alive. Rod McPherson thought of his brother who spent three years and eight months in a Hong

Remembrance Day has new poignancy

We have honoured the dead of two world wars and several other conflicts on November 11 for many years now. It has always been a solemn and important occasion to offer thanks to the many soldiers who gave their lives to defeat evil forces and preserve peace and freedom for the world. As the years


Thoughts on Remembrance Day – for Nov. 6, 2008

Wars are raging in the world. Even during Bible times many wars were fought. November 11 is a day filled with special memories for me. I can still see the tanks rolling into the little town where we stayed, escaping the hunger in the big city. The Canadian soldiers came and set us free from