Today is ANZAC Day, and the 107 anniversary of the beginning of the Gallipoli Campaign. While the Royal Newfoundland Regiment would not arrive until September, this was where the first Newfoundlanders to die in World War I rest. It is heartening to recall the words of the Turkey’s modern founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk – himself a former Gallipoli commander:
“You, the mothers who sent their sons from faraway countries, wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well.”
Yesterday the Australian American Chamber of Commerce and the New Zealand American Association of San Francisco once again hosted their annual ANZAC Day Service – and, unfortunately, the Royal Canadian Legion was not able to be represented this year.
Below are some pictures courtesy of the Australian American Chamber of Commerce and SF Kiwis – New Zealand American Association San Francisco.
Below are also a couple of videos courtesy of SF Kiwis – New Zealand American Association San Francisco.
Join the Branch 25 of the Royal Canadian Legion (representing the San Francisco Bay Area) for their annual Memorial Day Service, supported by our U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC) Arkansas Division. The service will take place at the Royal Canadian Legion plot in the Greenlawn Cemetery on 1100 El Camino Real in Colma, California. If you are unable to attend in person and wish to view the online stream, please register at:
SUPPORTING OUR COMMUNITY AS WE MOVE CLOSER TO SUMMER
Catch up with the latest RBLI news and updates including developing care home projects, fundraising events, veteran testimonials and our award-winning Lifeworks course travelling the UK to support our Armed Forces heroes nationwide.
TOUR GAVIN ASTOR HOUSE
You can now take a virtual 360 tour of our recently refurbished care home, Gavin Astor House! With beds still available, our brand new luxury care facility with specialist dementia care provides a calm and friendly environment for your loved ones with around-the-clock support from our team of healthcare professionals.
As a result of 24 years in the Royal Navy, Nick suffers from severe arthritis and problems with his spine, hips and joints, and was finding it difficult to find work due to a lack of confidence. Since attending our recent Lifeworks course in Hull, Nick has gained a new found confidence in himself with new employability skills.
Join us from 15th to 17th July for the RBLI Cycle Ride 2022! Ride with a Veteran from Aylesford in Kent to the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres this year! The fully-supported charity bike ride will include accommodation for two nights, lunches and refreshments en route and a celebration dinner on the Friday night; all for an entry fee of £530.
You will be looked after by our professional ride captains, support vehicles, motorcycle outriders, medics and mechanics; all of whom will ensure you have a memorable time and an emotional experience with great camaraderie, food and regular pit stops.
The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity kindly awarded RBLI with a generous grant to support the brand new refurbishment of Gavin Astor House; our state-of-the-art care facility with specialist dementia care support. With the official re-opening of the care home taking place soon, the grant was a vital and welcome donation to providing the around-the-clock support for those in need of care.
On Wednesday 20th April, we had the pleasure of welcoming the Kent Ambassadors to the RBLI village. The Ambassadors visited various points of interest across the village including our social enterprise factory, Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company and our Centenary Village development, which provides independent living accommodation to veterans from all across the UK.
BROWSE OUR NEW SHOP COLLECTIONS
FALKLANDS 40 RANGE
Commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Falklands War with our entire Falklands 40 range including flags, lapel pins, tankards, stickers and more.
Jennifer Wellington is Assistant Professor of Modern History, University College Dublin. She studied English and Law at the Australian National University, and completed her PhD in History at Yale University, where her dissertation was awarded the Hans Gatzske Prize. Her book, Exhibiting War, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017. She is now investigating the broader history of war trophies from the early modern period to the present.
Bob Bergen is author of the 2019 C.P. Stacey Award winner Scattering Chaff: Canadian Air Power and Censorship during the Kosovo War (University of Calgary Press), and has previously published Censorship; the Canadian News Media and Afghanistan: A Historical Comparison with Case Studies (Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, University of Calgary).
Geoffrey Hayes is a Professor of History at the University of Waterloo, and a Fellow at the Laurier Centre for the Study of Canada. He is author of the 2017 C.P. Stacey Award winner Crerar’s Lieutenants: Inventing the Canadian Junior Army Officer, 1939-45 (UBC Press).
Terry Copp is Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at Wilfrid Laurier University, and was the founding director of the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies, now the Laurier Centre for the Study of Canada. His latest book Montreal at War 1914-1918 was published by UTP in December 2021.