The Legion has always been a great place for important conversations. In Canada, people have been gathering at Legion Branches to talk about Remembrance, Patriotism, Veterans and to share their stories. This blog honours that tradition, and we invite all Canadians to join the conversation.

The Things You Bring Back+

On November 8th, 2015 I had the privilege of representing the Legion at a presentation of Man, Art, Action at...

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Iron Soldier+

It’s an hour before the event is scheduled to begin. A bevy of organizers, uniformed military, first responders, and Legionnaires...

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The Persian Gulf– 25 years ago+

Canadians and the world watched as the Gulf War was on every TV channel, beaming live into our living rooms...

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Dear Old Blighty – July 10, 1915+

If there was one thing almost every British soldier on the Western Front wanted, it was a “Blighty”. Allegedly an...

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Cogs in the Machinery of War – June 24, 1915+

It was 10:00pm on a warm June night when a shrill blast from a steam whistle shattered the evening calm....

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A Brick Wall – May 13, 1915+

On May 13th 1915, a young Private named Horace Buckshaw sat in a trench and wrote in his diary: “Enjoyed...

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Dispatches from the Front – Entry #7+

The sun was shining bright and everyone got on the bus with a smile on their face. The first stop...

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Dispatches from the Front – Entry #6+

After seeing six of eight Canadian World War I memorials, the 26th marked our last day of the First World...

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Dispatches from the Front – Entry #5+

This day started early, and brought our first sight of rain during the tour. The group embarked on another journey...

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Dispatches from the Front – Entry #4+

As we checkout from the Pax hotel in Diksmuide there was a feeling of leaving home. The people of Diksmuide,...

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The Gloves Come Off – April 30, 1915+

Continued from “Choking on Desperation”: Night was falling on the Ypres salient late on April 22nd, 1915. After the first...

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Dispatches from the Front – Entry #3+

Yesterday April 22, 2015 was the commemoration for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Saint Julien. We loaded the...

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Dispatches from the Front – Entry #2+

After the group’s visit to the Canada Museum we travelled to the nearby Adegem Canadian War Cemetery where 1,150 soldiers...

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Dispatches from the Front: Entry #1+

Months of planning were finally coming to fruition as the 32 soldiers from the British Columbia Regiment (BCR) gathered in...

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Choking on Desperation – April 22, 1915+

Nothing is more dangerous than a cornered animal. Desperation kicks in and lends an aggression and ferocity it might not...

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Broken Historical Furniture – March 30, 1915+

Helena Jabłońska didn’t really have an extraordinary life. She lived in a city called Przemyśl (pronounced Prishemysil) in Galicia, an...

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Stranger than Fiction – February 26, 2015+

100 years ago, it was February 1915, and the Great War—a war that was supposed to have been over by...

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The Making of a Soldier – A Mother’s Perspective+

In 1984 he was just eight years old when he phoned home. “Mom, can I stay at Brad’s house for...

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The Seeds of Change – December 10, 1914+

The first Battle of Ypres, like so many battles of the Great War, was inconclusive. The British held onto the...

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Brothers in Arms – November 22, 1914+

If you go to Ypres today, you will find a picturesque little Belgian town nestled comfortably in the quiet Flanders...

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Kill or be Killed – October 25, 1914+

“I had a grand dream. Loving friends were about me, a smiling valley held my home, and I stood regarding...

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Value Amid Waste – September 27, 1914+

In August of 1914, the German Emperor promised his departing troops: “You will be home before the leaves fall.” In...

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The Spirit of Man – September 19, 2014+

Today we associate the name “Alfred Nobel” with, among other things, a prestigious Peace Prize awarded to, “the person who...

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Fear and Loathing – September 10, 1914+

Crusade, jihad, holy war: we are well acquainted with these words in 2014. We’ve seen—and continue to see—the gruesome results...

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A Soldier’s Death – September 5, 1914+

As the sun rose on the morning of September 5th 1914, its first rays fell on an Allied Force that...

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The Daze of Retreat – August 31, 1914+

As the sun set over the battlefield of Mons on the 23rd of August 1914, its final rays glinted off...

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The First “Modern” War – August 25, 1914+

So many things about the Great War—especially 1914—seem of a different age to us. It is almost quaint to think...

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A Taste of War – August 23, 1914+

“War is sweet to those that have no experience of it.” These ancient words illustrate one of life’s greatest ironies....

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The Sound of Approaching Doom – August 15, 1914+

There is a certain romance in doomed resistances. Battles like the Alamo or Thermopylae capture the imagination, and inspire a...

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The Lamps Go Out – August 4, 1914+

As Franz Ferdinand’s life ebbed on a Sarajevo street corner, the Old World order was dying with him; but nobody...

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Prologue: “Some Damned Foolish Thing in the Balkans” – June 28, 1914+

Imagine, for a moment, a large, old house held up by rotten beams. Some have already given way, and you...

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The Darkness and the Light+

I deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan in late January of 2006.  I went from the icy cold of home at -30...

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