Monthly Archives: November 2019

Remembered Light exhibit at the National WW II Museum

Our branch President asked that we pass this item along.

Attached is an article from “V…- Mail” the newsletter of the National WW II Museum in New Orleans.

Of course the big notice relates to the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, but inside is this article that give a great synopsis of the planned Remembered Light. This is the featured stained glass art created from shards of European churches. Looks to be a very moving exhibit and I am glad to have an opportunity to see it in 2020 in San Francisco!

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Wreaths Across America: Mission Matters – November 2019

The deadline to sponsor a wreath is 02 December.

Click to view this email online.

As we kick off the week of Thanksgiving, I’d like to take a moment to thank you for your support of our veterans, active military and their families, Gold Star families and our mission to Remember, Honor, Teach.

Today, I am beyond excited to share that we have a record number of participating locations taking part in this year’s National Wreaths Across America Day – 2,095! That’s more than 450 new locations joining the mission in their own community. Odds are there is a location close by that you can participate in and/or support. Here’s a link to find one near you.

The Wreaths Across America program was started after a simple gesture of thanks struck a chord of patriotism and spread across the country. What’s more American than over 2 million volunteers and their communities supporting a mission that can impact the minds of children with patriotism that they will carry forward into the future?

Everyone plays a part, and I speak from the bottom of my heart when I say how grateful I am for your support – this mission matters.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Karen Worcester

Sponsor A Wreath
Reminder: December 2 is the last day to sponsor a wreath for National Wreaths Across America Day 2019.
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2019 Escort to Arlington Announced!

The county’s longest veterans’ parade – Wreaths Across America’s annual escort to Arlington National Cemetery – kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 7. National President of American Gold Star Mothers Inc. (AGSM) Mona Gunn will lead the caravan as this year’s Grand Marshal.

To view the complete schedule, please visit

“I have had the honor of traveling in the escort to Arlington several times now and look forward to the opportunity each year to join my fellow Americans in saying not only my son Cherone’s name out loud, but that of so many of our heroes,” said Mona Gunn, President of AGSM, and this year’s grand marshal.

“Wreaths Across America provides opportunities for us to carry out our mission – finding strength in the fellowship of other Gold Star Mothers who strive to keep the memory of our sons and daughters alive by working to help veterans, those currently serving, their families and our communities.”

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Volunteering on National Wreaths Across America Day? Things to know…
If you are planning to join the mission on National Wreaths Across America Day this year – Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019 – there are a few tips to keep in mind to help make your experience a great one!
  • Access.  Parking and cemetery access at every participating location is unique. We encourage you to visit the cemetery’s website and WAA Location Page (and social media pages) ahead of your travel to the location for up-to-date information. We highly recommend car-pooling and use of public transportation wherever available.
  • Dress for the weather. Most participating locations will not have indoor access for volunteers.
  • Be patient. Depending on where you are in the country and the number of participants at the location you attend, there could be large crowds and lines. Remember, each location is run by volunteers who are working hard behind the scenes to move things along as quickly and safely as possible.
  • Take your time. Please pause at each headstone and say that veteran’s name out loud before moving on. If there are not enough sponsored wreaths to honor every veteran at the location, please still take time to stop at headstones without a wreath to say their names.
  • Be respectful. Wreaths Across America and all our volunteers are guests of each of the more than 2,000 participating locations where ceremonies and wreath laying events are happening. Please abide by all cemetery policies and remember you are walking on sacred, hallowed grounds.
  • Remember. Honor. Teach. The event you are participating in is happening all around the country, with millions of Americans who, like you, have taken time out of the busiest of seasons to gather together in their community to offer a simple gesture of thanks to those who fought for our freedoms. Thank you for playing a part!
Arlington National Cemetery
If you are planning to volunteer at Arlington National Cemetery, please look to the cemetery’s website ( for the latest information and event details. More information about access and safety can be found by clicking the button below.

Monthly Features

Everyone Plays A Part
The 10 balsam bouquets comprising each veteran’s wreath are symbolic of so much to us at Wreaths Across America. Represented here by hands, they demonstrate the many ways individuals and communities come together to Remember, Honor and Teach.

Each month, we’ll share stories from across the country of the different ways to #PlayAPart2019.

Over 100 people attend funeral for Air Force veteran who had no living family

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Military veteran with special needs children receives home repairs from volunteers

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Orlando firefighters untangle American flag outside International Drive hotel

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Veteran thankful for birthday cards from all over the country

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Wreaths Across America Radio
Share your love and support for those deployed or stationed away from home during the holidays! Record a short shout out by calling 833-369-1351 and leaving a message. Wreaths Radio will play that message on air Nov. 25 – Dec. 31. Be sure to listen too as we play messages from our troops to loved ones back home!
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Old Royal Canadian Legion, US Branch #25 Pictures (Circa 1939)

Here are some family pictures of the original Royal Canadian Legion, US Branch #25 that were submitted by member (and piper) Charlie Martin and his wife Holly.

Charlie tells us that his Grandmother is either the second or third from the left on the Women’s Auxiliary pictures, but he doesn’t see his Grandfather in the flag detail picture.  His grandparents were Donald and Imozene Martin.  Donald served in Canada during WWI, but never went overseas.

Based on the World’s Fair sign in the back, he estimated that the pictures are circa 1939.  He writes that looking at news papers of the time, the International Worlds Fair Horse Show had the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in it, and that there were apparently quite a few posts of the Royal Canadian Legion in the Bay Area back then.

Thanks to Charlie and Holly for sharing these images.

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CAN Announcements

A newsletter from a fellow Canadian organization in the Bay Area.

Canadian Studies News & Events
Next Colloquium
December 10, 2019
Tyler Nodine, UC Berkeley
Tuesday December 10, 12:30 PM, 223 Moses Hall
Colloquium: Speaker – Tyler Nodine, UC Berkeley Graduate Student & Hildebrand Fellow with Canadian Studies
Tyler Nodine will discuss adaptive management and the future of the U.S./Canada Columbia River Treaty. Lunch provided. Free, open to all.
This event is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Consulate General of Canada San Francisco | Silicon Valley
Catching Up With Dr. Richards
This July over 1 million people descended upon Calgary, Alberta to attend the annual Calgary Stampede, a ten-day celebration of western culture. Kimberly Richards, a former Canadian Studies Hildebrand Fellow turns a critical eye toward what is branded as “the greatest outdoor show on Earth”. Dr. Richards’ article, “Crude Optimism: Romanticizing Alberta’s Oil Frontier at the Calgary Stampede,” won The Drama Review’s 2019 prestigious Graduate Student Essay competition and was published in TDR this summer. Dr. Richards explains, the “article interrogates the economic and affective ties between Alberta’s oil and gas industry and the Calgary Stampede and argues the Stampede produces an affective climate of ‘crude optimism,’ an attachment to fossil fuels despite the brutal realities of extractivism and carbon emissions.” Following the filing of her dissertation, which investigated linkages between performance and petro-imperialism, at UC Berkeley in summer 2019, Dr. Richards took a position as Instructor of English at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, B.C. In September, the Canadian Studies Program caught up with Dr. Richards to hear about her new position and her experience at Cal. Click here to read the full article.
Employment Opportunity
Western Washington University Canadian-American Studies is hiring!
The below comes to us from our friends at Western Washington University:
The Canadian-American Studies Program at Western Washington University is urgently seeking a graduate student or junior scholar who might be interested in teaching for us in the winter 2020 term. The two courses are:
HIST 277: Canada: A Historical Survey (60 students), and
HIST 379: Canadian-American Relations (35 students).
Both courses are scheduled for Tuesday/Thursday. They contribute to the History Department as well as to interdisciplinary programs in Canadian-American Studies and Salish Sea Studies.
There is also the opportunity to continue teaching in the spring 2020 term if the candidate is interested. Right now, the schedule is slated to offer the following:
HIST 277: Canada: A Historical Survey (cross-listed with C/AM)
HIST 390: Environmental History of Canada (the History Department would consider offering a different 300-level course in the area of the candidate’s specialization).
Please circulate. Questions and interested candidates should be directed to Johann Neem, the Chair of the History Department ( and send applications to
This is an urgent search to replace a faculty member who recently left the university. Interested candidates should email Professor Neem ASAP.
Call for submissions
Quebec and Francophone Studies Conference
A collaboration between Carleton University’s School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies and Trent University’s Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies
March 20th-21st, 2020, Ottawa, Ontario
How do we understand, identify, name and problematize the physical, political, historical, cultural, identity-based and memorial spaces francophones live in, where questions about belonging are at play and performed in North America? Does the relationship to one or more of these tangible and intangible places, or even to a superimposed composition of several of these spaces, contribute to the manifestation of belonging to a language, a region, a territory, a culture, a social class or a country? What about the identity-based relationship to the national capital? Intrinsic to the ideology of Pierre Elliot Trudeau and his vision of Canada, official bilingualism was, in addition to provide an anchor for the unity of the nation, a commitment to the development of linguistic minorities (Official Languages Act of 1985), a strategy of resistance to assimilation, and a way of separating ethnicity from language and allowing more openness to immigration (Pierre E. Trudeau, 1969). If the French language became one of two official languages – state sponsored, in a minority position to English, and largely politicized – discussions about francophone communities in minority settings in Canada continue to raise polarizing ideas about the quality of the French language, the importance of French-Canadian heritage and the threat of assimilation. In her recent documentary Denise au pays des Francos, Denise Bombardier makes a distinction between francophones of French-Canadian heritage outside of Quebec and immigrant francophone Canadians. Is Quebec as a nation still a home (in the sense of Heimat) where Francophone Canadiens can find refuge and nourishment so they can move surviving to thriving?
The Université de l’Ontario Français project is now on the rails. Here in Ontario, we can indeed see that one hundred years after Regulation 17 and more than twenty years after having won the battle to maintain the Montfort Hospital (1997) it is time to take stock of the collective identity of Franco-Ontarians and to celebrate the thriving francophone minority communities of North America. What is really going on? Does a Canadian Francophonie exist? How do we give Francophones a voice in politics in a rhetoric of reparation given that the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (2015) reveals the ravages caused by the residential school system, where the goal was largely to extinguish Indigenous languages? How do we now approach the history and the status of French as a colonial language? What about the relationship between Francophones to each other, to the Quebecois, to other minority contexts, and to Indigenous peoples? This conference is held in an Anglophone setting of a unilingual anglophone university – in Canada’s officially bilingual national capital with a goal of creating a space for exchanges between francophone and Francophile researchers from all North American spaces – whether they are from Quebec or outside of Quebec, Canadians, Americans, Indigenous, French or English speaking, in order to create bridges between people, communities, networks and disciplines.
The School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies at Carleton University, in collaboration with the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies at Trent University, invites academic and independent researchers, and Master and PhD level students to join us to reflect on these questions. The conference will take place March 20th and 21st 2020, to mark International Francophonie Day. We are accepting suggestions for panel topics as well as individual proposals. We invite proposals in French and English about francophones minorities in Canada, Franco-Americans, Cajuns, Acadians, Quebecois, Indigenous peoples, and French-speaking immigrant communities, particularly those related to:
  1. Identity performance among linguistic and cultural minorities;
  2. Representations in collective narratives and the construction of counter-narratives;
  3. Mobility, attachment to place, and social movements; and
  4. The preservation and revitalization of language.
We are accepting proposals from interdisciplinary and discipline-based researchers such as Quebec studies, Francophone studies, Indigenous studies, Canadian studies, sociology, history, museum or archival studies, political science, anthropology, literature and the performing arts, media studies and religious studies. To submit your proposal please send a 300-word resume of your paper and a brief 100-word biography by December 19th, 2019.
Proposals will be evaluated, and successful speakers will be contacted in January 2020. Additional information on the location of the conference and registration process will be sent at that time. We hope to offer simultaneous translation in English and French. The level of support available to participants will depend on funding received.
Appel de propositions
Colloque sur les études québécoises et francophones
Une collaboration entre la School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies de l’Université Carleton et le Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies de l’Université Trent.
Les 20 et 21 mars 2020, Ottawa, Ontario
Comment comprendre, identifier, nommer et problématiser les espaces physiques, politiques, historiques, culturels, identitaires et mémoriels francophones où les questions d’appartenance se jouent et se performent en Amérique du Nord? La relation à l’un de ces lieux physique ou intangible ou encore, la dialectique avec une composition superposée de plusieurs de ces espaces participent-elles de la manifestation de l’appartenance à une langue, à une région, à un territoire, à une culture, à une classe sociale ou au pays? Qu’en est-il du rapport identitaire à l’espace de la capitale nationale? Intrinsèque à la pensée de Pierre Elliott Trudeau et à sa vision du Canada, le bilinguisme officiel fut, outre une balise pour l’unité du pays, un engagement envers l’épanouissement des minorités linguistiques (Loi sur les langues officielles de 1985) une stratégie de résistance à l’assimilation et une façon de désethniciser le rapport à la langue et permettre l’ouverture à l’immigration (Pierre E. Trudeau, 1969). Si le français est devenu l’une des deux langues officielles – subventionné et minoritaire, aux accents largement politisés – parler des communautés francophones en milieu minoritaire au Canada continue d’attiser des réflexions polarisantes sur la qualité de la langue, l’importance de l’héritage canadien-français et la menace de l’assimilation. Faut-il, comme Denise Bombardier dans son récent documentaire Denise au pays des Francos, distinguer les francophones d’héritage canadien-français hors Québec des Canadiens francophones issus de l’immigration? «Le pays du Québec» est-il encore un foyer (dans le sens de Heimat) où les Francophones canadiens devraient venir se réfugier et se nourrir pour cesser de survivre et enfin s’épanouir?
Le projet de l’Université de l’Ontario Français est maintenant sur les rails. Ici en Ontario, on peut en effet penser que cent ans après le Règlement 17 et plus de vingt ans après avoir gagné la lutte pour le maintien de l’hôpital Montfort (1997) il est temps de faire le bilan sur l’identité collective des Franco-Ontariens et de célébrer l’épanouissement des communautés minoritaires francophones en Amérique du nord. Qu’en est-il vraiment? Existe-il d’ailleurs une francophonie canadienne? Comment donner aux Francophones une voix politique dans une rhétorique de réparation alors que le rapport final de la Commission de vérité et réconciliation (2015) révèle les ravages causés par les pensionnats obligatoires, dont la volonté délibérée d’éteindre les langues autochtones? Comment aborder aujourd’hui l’histoire et le statut du français comme langue coloniale ? Qu’en est-il de la relation des Francophones entre eux, avec les Québécois, avec les autres milieux minoritaires et avec les Autochtones? Ce colloque tenu en Anglophonie dans la capitale nationale du Canada vise à créer un espace d’échanges entre les chercheurs francophones et francophiles de tout l’espace nord-américain – qu’ils soient du Québec ou «hors-Québec», Canadiens ou Américains – Autochtones, d’expression française ou anglaise, afin de créer des ponts entre les gens, les communautés, les réseaux et les disciplines.
La School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies de l’Université de Carleton, en collaboration avec le Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies de l’Université Trent, invitent les chercheurs universitaires, et indépendants ainsi que les étudiants des 2et 3ecycles à venir réfléchir à ces questions. Le colloque aura lieu les 20 et 21 mars 2020, afin de souligner la journée internationale de la francophonie. Nous acceptons les suggestions de panels thématiques de même que les propositions individuelles. Nous invitons les propositions de présentations en français et anglais qui touchent les minorités francophones du Canada, les Franco-Américains, les Cajuns, les Acadiens, les Québécois, les Autochtones et les communautés immigrantes d’expression française et particulièrement celles reliées à ces quatre thèmes :
  1. La performance de l’identité dans les milieux linguistiques et culturels minoritaires;
  2. La représentation des récits collectifs et l’élaboration de récits alternatifs;
  3. La mobilité, l’attachement aux lieux et les mouvements sociaux; et
  4. La préservation et la revitalisation de la langue.
Nous acceptons les propositions de communications de chercheurs interdisciplinaires ainsi que des disciplines telles que les études québécoises, les études francophones, les études autochtones, les études canadiennes, la sociologie, l’histoire, la littérature, les études muséales ou archivistiques, les études politiques, l’anthropologie, les arts d’interprétation, les études médiatiques et les études religieuses. Pour soumettre votre proposition veuillez svp envoyer un résumé de votre proposition de communication de 300 mots et une brève biographie de 100 mots d’ici au 19 décembre 2019.
Les propositions seront évaluées et les conférenciers et conférencières retenu(e)s seront contacté(e)s en janvier 2020. Des informations supplémentaires sur le lieu exact de la conférence et l’inscription seront alors envoyées. Nous espérons pouvoir offrir la traduction simultanée en français et en anglais. L’appui disponible aux participants et participantes dépendra des subventions obtenues.
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War graves commission launches virtual tours of remote sites

An item from the Legion Magazine that we featured this past week.

Front Lines
War graves commission launches virtual tours of remote sites

War graves commission launches
virtual tours of remote sites

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

For more than a century, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission has tended war graves the world over, beginning with the First World War and, since 1945, the Second, as well. That’s some 1.7 million war dead in 150 countries.

There are 110,000 Canadians among them—the vast majority buried close to where they fell. It wasn’t until the 1960s—and notably, during the Afghanistan war—that Canada started bringing its war dead home.

Many others, however, died as the result of war wounds, illnesses and other war-related causes and are thus buried in Canada—almost 19,000 commission-administered graves, in fact, located in nearly 3,000 cemeteries across the country. About 1,900 of those cemeteries have just a single war grave.


Silk Tie - Commemorating Canada and the Great War
Military Milestones
The sinking of U-536

The sinking of U-536

Story by Sharon Adams

In an irony of war, a German U-boat meant to harry the eastern coast of Canada came to its bitter end in the mid-Atlantic, its surviving crew rescued by Canadian sailors.

U-536 was commanded by Kapitänleutnant Rolf Shauenburg, who had joined the navy in 1934, and was already an officer when war was declared. He had served aboard a German destroyer that sank nine vessels at the beginning of the war. The young officer became a prisoner of war, escaped and was recaptured. After his release was negotiated, he returned to Germany, served on minesweepers, then was given command of a U-boat in January 1943.


This week in history
This week in history

November 21, 1950

A westbound train carrying members of the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery
collides with an eastbound train east of Canoe River, B.C.; 17 die.


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