Remembrance Day

Generic wreath at Courtenay cenotaph

North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney’s Remembrance Day address

A lot has been said and commented and shared this year on…

  • Nov 11, 2020

 

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 160 Comox president Lynn Edey (Left) and past president Gerry Maillet (Right) presenting Mayor of Comox, Russ Arnott, with the first poppy, signalling the beginning the Branch 160 Poppy Campaign leading up to Remembrance Day on November 11, 2020.

Comox Mayor Russ Arnott’s Remembrance Day address

Since the first commemoration in 1919, each November 11th, Canadians pay tribute…

  • Nov 11, 2020

 

Comox Valley RCMP Insp. Mike Kurvers (left), Courtenay Mayor Bob Wells (second from left) and members of the Courtenay Legion unveiled a new commemorative sign at Veterans Memorial Parkway, Thursday near Art Knapp. A second sign has been installed across from Valley Vista Estates near Mission Road. Scott Stanfield photo

Courtenay Mayor Bob Wells’s Remembrance Day address

Remembrance Day 2020 will be like no other in living memory. Normally,…

  • Nov 11, 2020

 

Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns

Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns’s Remembrance Day statement

For more than a century, Canadians have gathered on Remembrance Day at…

  • Nov 11, 2020
Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns
Cumberland Mayor Leslie Baird 2020 headshot. Photo supplied

Cumberland Mayor Leslie Baird’s Remembrance Day statement

On Remembrance Day we share our pride and our sorrow as we…

  • Nov 11, 2020
Cumberland Mayor Leslie Baird 2020 headshot. Photo supplied
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
Rose Jacobson served in the forces in the Second World War, training pilots to understand code. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Comox vet recalls days training pilots in code

Cpl. Rose Jacobson served the country from 1942 to 1945

Rose Jacobson served in the forces in the Second World War, training pilots to understand code. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Sitting at the huge lazy susan table in the RCAF room, Joel Eilersten flips through a book that tells of the military history on the West Coast. (Zoe Ducklow photo)

Remembering the Forgotten War in Coal Harbour

The little hangar museum has seen it all, from submarine threats to whaling to quiet hamlet life

Sitting at the huge lazy susan table in the RCAF room, Joel Eilersten flips through a book that tells of the military history on the West Coast. (Zoe Ducklow 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
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
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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’

(Black Press Media file photo)
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
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 160 Comox president Lynn Edey (Left) and past president Gerry Maillet (Right) presenting Mayor of Comox, Russ Arnott, with the first poppy, signalling the beginning the Branch 160 Poppy Campaign leading up to Remembrance Day on November 11, 2020.

Comox Remembrance Day ceremony scaled down due to COVID

For the first time, spectators are discouraged from attending the Comox Cenotaph…

  • Nov 4, 2020
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 160 Comox president Lynn Edey (Left) and past president Gerry Maillet (Right) presenting Mayor of Comox, Russ Arnott, with the first poppy, signalling the beginning the Branch 160 Poppy Campaign leading up to Remembrance Day on November 11, 2020.
The St. Andrew’s Cemetery cleanup is an annual event in preparation for Remembrance Day services. It is a rain or shine event. Photo supplied.

St. Andrew’s Cemetery cleanup set for Nov. 7

Members of St. John the Divine Anglican Church invite the public to…

  • Nov 2, 2020
The St. Andrew’s Cemetery cleanup is an annual event in preparation for Remembrance Day services. It is a rain or shine event. Photo supplied.
Pilot Kevin Maher participated in a flyover of a ceremony at the Cobble Hill cenotaph on Oct. 22 in a 1940 North American (Noorduyn) Harvard aircraft. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Cobble Hill remembers lost military members with ceremony, flyover

Annual event commemorates those who died in non-combat roles

Pilot Kevin Maher participated in a flyover of a ceremony at the Cobble Hill cenotaph on Oct. 22 in a 1940 North American (Noorduyn) Harvard aircraft. (Robert Barron/Citizen)