Remembrance Day

An organizer of the event makes sure the wreaths are lined up just so at the cenotaph at Lake Cowichan for the Remembrance Day ceremony in 2020. (Andrea Rondeau/Gazette)

COVID-conscious Lake Cowichan Remembrance Day ceremony goes without a hitch

Pre-laid wreaths still brought a splash of colour to the cenotaph

 

Wreaths surround the cenotaph at Charles Hoey Park in downtown Duncan following the Remembrance Day ceremony on Nov. 11. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Small ceremony marks Remembrance Day in Duncan

Check out photos from the event

 

The crew of the BK716 bomber recently recovered in the Netherlands. From left: Sgt. Ronald Kennedy (flight engineer), Sgt. Charles Bell (bomb aimer), F/O John Michael Campbell (radio operator), F/O John Harris (pilot), F/O Harry Farrington (navigator), F/Sgt. John McCaw (tail gunner), Sgt. Leonard Shrubsall (mid-upper gunner). (Historical photo)

REMEMBRANCE DAY: Missing, presumed dead

As of 2016, 501 WWII crash locations in the Netherlands which have yet to be investigated.

  • Nov 11, 2020

 

The mushroom clouds set off by the bombing of Japanese cities Hiroshima, left and Nagasaki, right, by American forces during the Second World War. (Charles Levy photos)

REMEMBRANCE DAY: Nanaimo residents took news of atomic bombs, war’s end in stride

The Japanese conceded 60 per cent of the city (four square miles) had been “turned to ashes”

  • Nov 11, 2020
The mushroom clouds set off by the bombing of Japanese cities Hiroshima, left and Nagasaki, right, by American forces during the Second World War. (Charles Levy photos)
Métis Veteran William Hurteau who served in the Second World War finally received a $20,000 Recognition Payment and an apology from Canada in Sudbury, Ontario in 2020. (metisveterans.ca photo)

REMEMBRANCE DAY: Our Métis veterans are finally acknowledged

A formal apology from the federal government and the promise of compensation

  • Nov 11, 2020
Métis Veteran William Hurteau who served in the Second World War finally received a $20,000 Recognition Payment and an apology from Canada in Sudbury, Ontario in 2020. (metisveterans.ca photo)
Shawnigan Lake School students write letters to local veterans during their kindness campaign in 2020. (Arden Gill photo)

Shawnigan Lake School kindness campaign reaching out to veterans

“I realized that most kids just don’t understand the importance of the day”

  • Nov 11, 2020
Shawnigan Lake School students write letters to local veterans during their kindness campaign in 2020. (Arden Gill photo)
Sir Arthur Currie is widely lauded as one of Canada’s ableist war commanders. (Canadian War Museum)

REMEMBRANCE DAY: Honouring Canada’s greatest general is long overdue

General Sir Arthur William Currie, Canada’s first full general, was the Allies’ ablest corps commander

  • Nov 11, 2020
Sir Arthur Currie is widely lauded as one of Canada’s ableist war commanders. (Canadian War Museum)
Heather Maling and crash researcher Radovan Zivanovic searching for small pieces from the crash site where Officer Henry Carruthers, of Trail, was killed in the Second World War. Photo: Submitted

Remembering a young man from Trail who went to war and never came home

Henry Carruthers is buried in the Belgrade War Cemetery in Serbia.

Heather Maling and crash researcher Radovan Zivanovic searching for small pieces from the crash site where Officer Henry Carruthers, of Trail, was killed in the Second World War. Photo: Submitted
Japanese Canadian fishermen having their boat confiscated by a Royal Canadian Navy Officer, 1941. (Library and Archives Canada photo)

REMEMBRANCE DAY: January 1, 1942: a low point for Canadian morale

Only two ‘miracles’ to date, Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain, had given any real cause for joy

  • Nov 11, 2020
Japanese Canadian fishermen having their boat confiscated by a Royal Canadian Navy Officer, 1941. (Library and Archives Canada photo)
A woman lays flowers following Remembrance Day ceremonies at God’s Acre Veteran’s Cemetery in Victoria, B.C., on Sunday, November 11, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

There are plenty of ways to honour Remembrance Day without visiting cenotaphs

Many Legion branches looking to livestreaming and virtual ceremonies amid COVID-19

A woman lays flowers following Remembrance Day ceremonies at God’s Acre Veteran’s Cemetery in Victoria, B.C., on Sunday, November 11, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Korean War veterans Andy Barber, left, and Ron Kirk, raise the Canadian flag at the Halton Naval Veterans Association Burlington, Ont. on Friday November 6, 2020. Barber and Kirk served as in the navy as part of a peacekeeping force immediately following the armistice in July 1953. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

70 years on, Canadian veterans keep memories of ‘forgotten’ Korean War alive

It took till May 1982 before the National War Memorial was rededicated to include the dates of the Korean War

Korean War veterans Andy Barber, left, and Ron Kirk, raise the Canadian flag at the Halton Naval Veterans Association Burlington, Ont. on Friday November 6, 2020. Barber and Kirk served as in the navy as part of a peacekeeping force immediately following the armistice in July 1953. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch
Julie Mungall places her painted stones at the Brookside veterans cemetery in Winnipeg, Saturday, October 24, 2020. Mungall is commemorating Remembrance Day by painting poppies and other designs on rocks and hiding them around the city, sometimes in plain sight, for people to pick up and take home with them. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Most British Columbians are unaware of WWII battles fought on our own shores

Remembrance Day research shows Canadians know more about European WWII battles than attacks closer to home

Julie Mungall places her painted stones at the Brookside veterans cemetery in Winnipeg, Saturday, October 24, 2020. Mungall is commemorating Remembrance Day by painting poppies and other designs on rocks and hiding them around the city, sometimes in plain sight, for people to pick up and take home with them. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
Peter Dawe salutes his son Capt. Matthew Dawe’s grave in Kingston, Ont., on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. Capt.Matthew Dawe died in Afghanistan on July 4, 2007. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

Fewer people plan to attend virtual or in-person Remembrance Day ceremonies: poll

The poll found that roughly 71 per cent of respondents will wear a poppy

Peter Dawe salutes his son Capt. Matthew Dawe’s grave in Kingston, Ont., on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. Capt.Matthew Dawe died in Afghanistan on July 4, 2007. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg
Planes fly in formation above a large crowd who gathered to honour the fallen during a Remembrance Day ceremony at the War Memorial in Oak Bay, B.C., on Monday, November 11, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Honouring veterans in a pandemic: COVID-19 put Legions at risk of closure

In many ways, COVID-19 exacerbated issues man Legion branches were already facing

Planes fly in formation above a large crowd who gathered to honour the fallen during a Remembrance Day ceremony at the War Memorial in Oak Bay, B.C., on Monday, November 11, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Veterans of the Korean War were awarded the Korean Peace Medal at a ceremony in December of 2019. (Submitted)

70th anniversary of Korean War marked with Peace Medal

My mother accepted the Korean Peace Medal on behalf of my dad.

  • Nov 9, 2020
Veterans of the Korean War were awarded the Korean Peace Medal at a ceremony in December of 2019. (Submitted)
Flying Officer Howard McNamara (Retired) and Cpl. Anne McNamara (Retired) are shown in Veterans Affairs Canada handout photos. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Courtesy McNamara Family

COVID-19 latest bump in Canada’s long road to Second World War remembrance

Royal Canadian Legion will place a special emphasis on marking the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII

Flying Officer Howard McNamara (Retired) and Cpl. Anne McNamara (Retired) are shown in Veterans Affairs Canada handout photos. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Courtesy McNamara Family
A large crowd of Lake Cowichan folks usually turn out for Remembrance Day ceremonies at the cenotaph. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Legion is requesting that people stay away, attending online instead (Lexi Bainas/Gazette file)

Lake Cowichan Legion urges people to attend Remembrance ceremony online

They are also urging people to take part in the annual poppy campaign.

  • Nov 6, 2020
A large crowd of Lake Cowichan folks usually turn out for Remembrance Day ceremonies at the cenotaph. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Legion is requesting that people stay away, attending online instead (Lexi Bainas/Gazette file)
(Kelowna RCMP)

Fluke find reunites dog tags of late B.C. veteran with family

Family doesn’t know how the tags were lost, but delighted to have them back

(Kelowna RCMP)
Veterans can ride the bus for free during the lead up to Remembrance Day in Cowichan. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Cowichan veterans ride transit free for Veterans’ Week

All bus service will be free on Remembrance Day

Veterans can ride the bus for free during the lead up to Remembrance Day in Cowichan. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
(Black Press Media file photo)

Whole Foods reverses poppy ban for workers following heavy criticism

Veteran Affairs Minister Lawrence MacAulay tweeted that Whole Foods’ policy is ‘absolutely unacceptable’

(Black Press Media file photo)