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Warbirds then and now ✈️

An item from the Legion Magazine.


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Warbirds then and now
Warbirds then and now
Warbirds then and now

Warbirds then and now

Photography by Stephen J. Thorne

Warbirds of every shape and size were on display at the 2019 Aero Gatineau-Ottawa Air Show on
Sept 6-8.

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Military Milestones
Canadian Armed Forces, officially bilingual for 50 years

Canadian Armed Forces,
officially bilingual for 50 years

Story by Sharon Adams

Canada’s Armed Forces are apt to see many more deployments to Africa.

Of the 30 most fragile states in the world, 21 are in Africa, and many of those are French-speaking. It has been estimated that by 2050, 80 per cent of all French-speaking people will be African, due to high birth rates.

Instability will cause many countries to ask for the help of international forces to provide humanitarian aid, peacekeeping or policing. Canada’s bilingual military is an attractive candidate. About 46 per cent of regular force members are bilingual, including 73 per cent of regular force officers.

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This week in history
This week in history

September 13, 1759

The British are victorious at the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, but General James Wolfe
and French General Louis-Joseph de Montcalm both die of wounds.

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Iris Vision Care

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Royal Canadian Legion members are eligible for IRIS Advantage offers like $150 toward the purchase of eyewear and prescription sunglasses and much more.

Register today IRIS.ca/Benefits  Access Code: RCLLRC

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Choose our next cover of Canada’s Ultimate Story!

An item from the Legion Magazine.


Military Milestones
German warplane recovered to tell its story

German warplane recovered to tell its story

Story by Sharon Adams

Six weeks into the Battle of Britain, on Aug. 26, 1940, a squadron of nine German aircraft headed across the English Channel to wreak havoc on an airfield in Kent, an area known at the time as Hellfire Corner for the ferocious fighting that went on overhead.

The formation was detected and Royal Air Force squadrons scrambled to intercept them above the Kent coast. In one British Defiant was Pilot Officer Desmond (Hawkeye) Hughes, the third-highest scoring RAF night fighter, and his gunner, Fred Gash.

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Choose our next cover of Canada’s Ultimate Story

The Ypres Salient in Belgium was mostly a quagmire in the spring of 1915. The ground was torn up from countless artillery blasts, makeshift fortifications and a network of sandbagged trenches leading to along the front. It was here that Major John McCrae worked as a brigade surgeon for of the 2nd Division, Canadian Field Artillery. Through the chaos, suffering and personal tragedy, he still found time to write the poem “In Flanders Fields.”

Pick up a copy of JOHN McCRAE AND THE BATTLES OF FLANDERS on newsstands across Canada on November 4, 2019 or subscribe to Canada’s Ultimate Story today to receive this issue!

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On track, part 2

On track, part 2

Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne

The National Youth Track and Field Championships took place Aug. 9-11, 2019, in Sydney, N.S., where 721 athletes—341 of them sponsored by The Royal Canadian Legion—competed. The event, hosted by Cape Breton University and the Legion’s Breton Branch, also involved 160 coaches, 150 officials and more than 600 volunteers.

Below is a selection of images capturing moments of victory, joy, disappointment and exhaustion at the finish line of several races and other events.

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This week in history
This week in history

August 30, 1945

Hong Kong is liberated after it had been overrun by Japanese forces in December 1941.

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Home Equity
Legion Magazine

The National Youth Track and Field Championships

An item from the Legion Magazine.


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On track, part 1
On track, part 1
On track, part 1

On track, part 1

Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne

The National Youth Track and Field Championships took place Aug. 9-11, 2019, in Sydney, N.S., where 721 athletes—341 of them sponsored by The Royal Canadian Legion—competed. The event, hosted by Cape Breton University and the Legion’s Breton Branch, also involved 160 coaches, 150 officials and more than 600 volunteers. The LeRoy Washburn Award for the top female athlete went to Jaeland Cummings from BC/Yukon Command and the Jack Stenhouse Award for the top male athlete went to Ryan Jacklin from Ontario Command. Click through to see a selection of images of the athletes in action.

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Military Milestones
The near-sinking of HMS Nabob

The near-sinking of HMS Nabob

Story by Sharon Adams

In the opening years of the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Navy quickly recognized how useful naval airpower could be in the battle to keep the convoy lifeline to Britain safe from Nazi submarines, battleships and aircraft.

Aircraft carriers could extend convoy protection to the mid-Atlantic, beyond range of land-based aircraft. But as the groundwork was being laid for a Canadian naval air branch, there were very few of these large craft available. How were Canadian sailors to gain experience?

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Must Read Pick of the Month
This week in history
This week in history

August 24, 2007

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation names a section of Highway 401 from Trenton to
Toronto the Highway of Heroes in memory of Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

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Simply Connect
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