Remembrance Day

Mike Beggs of the Royal Canadian Legion’s Chemainus Branch 191 makes a presentation to Chemainus Secondary School student Cameron Loeffen for his great work on a Remembrance Day video. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus Secondary student praised for Remembrance Day video project

With no in-person events this year, Cameron Loeffen went to work to create something special

 

Great teamwork between 49th Parallel Grocery and Chemainus Legion 191 with support from the community resulted in a $5,492 contribution to the poppy campaign this year. From left: Darrel Lowery, Legion 191 president Len Lavender, 49th Parallel Chemainus store manager Paul McGregor, Christine Pacukiewicz and Steve Hasiak. (Photo submitted)

Legion poppy campaign benefits greatly from 49th Parallel partnership

Gift card incentive for contributions of at least $50 well-received in the community

 

Rob Kernachan's cartoon flashback 2006.

Kernachan’s cartoon flashback 2006

Afghanistan losses added to Remembrance Day in more recent times

 

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
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
Howie Valleau at home in Chemainus with his Legion mask while being interviewed. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Logging truck driver, lottery jackpot winner all part of a wonderful life for Chemainus vet

Father of five old-age pensioners served a year in the navy during The Second World War

Howie Valleau at home in Chemainus with his Legion mask while being interviewed. (Photo by Don Bodger)
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
North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring at last year’s Remembrance Day service at the Chemainus cenotaph, accompanied by two children for the laying of the wreaths. (Photo by Kathy Holmes)

North Cowichan Mayor’s statement on Remembrance Day

Display poppies as a physical symbol that we will not forget the legacy left behind

North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring at last year’s Remembrance Day service at the Chemainus cenotaph, accompanied by two children for the laying of the wreaths. (Photo by Kathy Holmes)
Piper Peter Leckie at the Chemainus Cemetery Service Sunday. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus Cemetery Service

Masks required and minimal attendees for annual tribute

Piper Peter Leckie at the Chemainus Cemetery Service Sunday. (Photo by Don Bodger)
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
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
Rob Kernachan’s cartoon flashback 2004.

Kernachan’s cartoon flashback 2004

Remembrance Days past still reflective of current and future commemorations

Rob Kernachan’s cartoon flashback 2004.
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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)
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Whole Foods reverses poppy ban for workers following heavy criticism

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

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Royal Canadian Legion 191 Chemainus members at the Chemainus Cenotaph where the Remembrance Day service will be for invited guests only this year. From left are: Mike Beggs, Wes Everitt, Janet Mitchell and president Len Lavender. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Remembrance Day ceremony a private service this year

Pandemic restrictions limit the crowd to 50 invited guests

Royal Canadian Legion 191 Chemainus members at the Chemainus Cenotaph where the Remembrance Day service will be for invited guests only this year. From left are: Mike Beggs, Wes Everitt, Janet Mitchell and president Len Lavender. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The Remembrance Day mural painted by David Goatley in downtown Chemainus. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Salute war vets on your doorsteps

Remembrance Day gatherings are out this year, but you can still pay tribute

The Remembrance Day mural painted by David Goatley in downtown Chemainus. (Photo by Don Bodger)
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

‘It means so much:’ Families thankful for painted poppy rocks on Remembrance Day

Many who set out to find one of her poppy-painted rocks have a close relationship with Remembrance Day

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
Rod Booth playing at the Admiral Mainguy family plot in Westholme as part of Saturday’s cross placement ceremony. (Photo by Sherry Deptuch)

Veterans’ Remembrance cross placements continue with volunteers despite the pandemic

All Saints’ Anglican Church Cemetery in Westholme among the sites

Rod Booth playing at the Admiral Mainguy family plot in Westholme as part of Saturday’s cross placement ceremony. (Photo by Sherry Deptuch)