Remembering

A reunion of gunners

On the ninth anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, veterans of this Toronto artillery battery met to relive old times and remember their dead.

View PDF: 15th Battery.pdf

A dance for the memorial

In 1949, students at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, held a Valentine's Day dance to raise funds for the institution's Second World War memorial.

View PDF: Sweetheart.pdf

Memorial Gates presentation at RCAF Trenton

The Memorial Gates at Trenton, Ontario, commemorating Canada's participation in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, were presented on 30 September 1949.

View PDF: BCATP.pdf

A war memorial in progress

In 1928, prime minister Mackenzie King visited the studio of sculptor Vernon March in England to inspect the progress of the National War Memorial.

A war memorial sculptor at work

At his studio in Farnborough, England, in 1927, Vernon March works on the figures that will be mounted on the top of the National War Memorial in Ottawa.

Honouring the dead of Toronto

A huge crowd gathered to witness the unveiling of Toronto's war memorial, in front of City Hall, in 1935.

The passing of a King

Children watch as the cenotaph in Windsor, Ontario, is draped with flags and bunting to mark the 1936 death of King George V, who led the British Empire through the First World War.

Lord Byng in Edmonton

Canada's governor-general, Lord Byng of Vimy, examines the newly unveiled war memorial in Edmonton, Alberta, on 10 April 1922.

The Chemainus war memorial

The small cenotaph honouring the seven men of Chemainus, British Columbia, who were killed in the First World War was unveiled in 1921.

Remembrance Day in Halifax

Although the Second World War had been in progress for over a year, the 1940 ceremony in the Nova Scotia capital was still focussed on the First World War.

View PDF: Halifax 1940.pdf

A visitor at the London cenotaph

Judging by the expressions of the onlookers, the visitor to a London, Ontario, Remembrance Day ceremony, probably in 1939, was not especially welcome.

Yarmouth remembers its dead

On 9 June 1923, the war memorial honouring the dead of the town and county of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, was unveiled, with the names of more than 170 local men and women who had died in uniform during the First World War.

Remembrance Day 1946

The 1946 ceremony in Ottawa was the first under Canada's new governor-general, Viscount Alexander of Tunis, who had been a senior Allied commander during the Second World War.

The Legion welcomes another veteran

The Canadian Legion was keen to offer advice and assistance to all demobilized Canadians at the end of the Second World War.

Veterans return to a French village

The 1938 Canadian Corps reunion featured a full-size replica of a typical French village in which soldiers could relive the good times of the First World War.

Betting on the horses for veterans

Veterans groups used every means possible, including pool betting on horse racing, to raise money for the benefit of ex-soldiers and their dependants.

View PDF: ANVC 1936.pdf

Remembering the fallen of Vancouver

In 1944, the service at Vancouver's Cenotaph was as much about the war then in progress as it was about the war of the previous generation.

View PDF: Vancouver 1944.pdf

Ex-soldiers of the Ypres Salient

Founded in 1920, the Ypres League was a comrades and commemoration organization that brought together ex-soldiers who had served in the Ypres Salient during the First World War.

A corporate service roll

After the Second World War, this wholesale and retail dry goods firm published a booklet to recognize staff members who had served in uniform.

View PDF: Mackay Tribute.pdf

Paris ex-soldiers remember

Dominion Day was the occasion for the GWVA's yearly memorial service in Paris, Ontario, to honour fallen comrades.

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