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Our perspective in marking Remembrance Day is definitely at odds with views of the day, but that doesn't mean the sacrifices weren't worthy

As rhetorical formulations go, ”the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” packs a formidable punch. Signifying the coming into effect of the armistice that ended the First World War, the words have a striking resonance: eliciting solemnity, dignity and the sense of something very important. Much more so than VE Day or…

Did the Great War really create a distinct Canadian identity?

It took far more than our efforts during the Great War to nudge Canada out of its subordinate role in the British Empire

Did the Great War really create a distinct Canadian identity?If you turn left upon entering the main gate of Toronto’s St. James Cemetery, you’ll soon come to a tall, imposing Celtic cross made of stone and inscribed with the family name Hagarty. There are three people buried there, but pride of place is given to someone whose earthly remains repose thousands of miles away…

Our world forged in the trenches of the Great War

The battle for the values it was fought for – the defense of justice, rights and freedoms – never ceases

Our world forged in the trenches of the Great WarIn Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row. It was at the funeral of his close friend and comrade Alexis Helmer that Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae was first moved to write his (now famous) poem. At the time of writing he was physically and mentally exhausted, resting in the back of…

Was the Armistice of 1918 a triumph or tragedy? 

The 1918 Armistice was an enormous historical blunder that led to the greatest tragedy experienced in modern times

Was the Armistice of 1918 a triumph or tragedy? By Stanley Taube and Michael Taube for Troy Media This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, millions of people worldwide will commemorate the signing of the Armistice. Wreaths will be laid, church bells will ring far…

‘Countless white crosses’ a century later

The concept of loyalty to king and empire may be incomprehensible to us, but It was part and parcel of who those young soldiers were

‘Countless white crosses’ a century laterRemembrance Day 2018 has a particular resonance. It’s the centenary of the armistice that concluded the First World War, a conflict in which approximately 60,000 Canadians were among the 10 million or so soldiers killed. And as on all such occasions in recent years, songwriter Eric Bogle’s The Green Fields of France says it best…

A generation’s remarkable sacrifices

Those who fought in and lived through the Second World War laid the foundation for the vibrant, inclusive country we enjoy today

A generation’s remarkable sacrificesRED DEER, Alta. Nov. 10, 2016/Troy Media? – Too rarely do we thank our parents ­– or for that matter, the whole generation that included our parents. The Canadian baby boomers’ upbringing was strange alchemy: part Cold War paranoia, part unbridled optimism, and a mess of traditional and emerging values all brewed in one cauldron.…

Remembrance Day: The Homefront in Alberta

The Second World War was hard on the men fighting on the front lines as well as those they left behind

Remembrance Day: The Homefront in AlbertaFROM THE ARCHIVES EDMONTON, AB, Nov. 4, 2008/ Troy Media/ - While the Second World War was hard on the men and women fighting on the front lines, it was also hard on those they left behind. This is important to remember this Remembrance Day. It's two sides of the same coin, said Dr. Adriana Davies, Executive…

What constitutes a Good War?

War should not be judged by its difficulty or even its outcome, but by the merit of its cause

What constitutes a Good War?FROM THE ARCHIVES WHITEHORSE, Yukon, Nov 11, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Remembrance Day is our most important national holiday. While it is a somber occasion, it elicits a sense of unity among Canadians that we rarely feel around the normally divisive subject of war. On November 10th, we may stand separately under our political colours…

Canadians fighting behind enemy lines

Secret agents Raymond LaBrosse and Lucien Dumais rescued hundreds of downed airmen from German-occupied France

Canadians fighting behind enemy linesFROM THE ARCHIVES Contact BarbaraSECHELT, BC, Nov 11, 2014/ Troy Media/ - It was a moonless night on January 29, 1944. It was drizzling. Sixteen airmen and two M.I.9 secret agents cautiously descended the steep cliffs near the village of Plouha on the Brittany coast of France in fear of being caught, executed, or worse,…

Lest we forget: War against terrorism requires old vigilance

To lash out violently ignores the terrible sacrifice so many have made

Lest we forget: War against terrorism requires old vigilanceDownload this column on terrorism for your publication or website. Price starts at $8 Terms and Conditions of use RED DEER, AB Nov. 5, 2015 /Troy Media/ - My maternal grandparents lost their only son in the Second World War. They and their seven daughters could only imagine what potential his life held. But they…