June 2, 2020

In 1954 Comrade Bill wanted to be part of a worldlier picture.  His brother had enlisted in the army two years earlier and his sister was in the Women’s Army Corps.  Comrade Bill reported for basic training in London, Ipperwash and Cedar Springs, Ontario, T.O.S. 1st BN...

April 2, 2020

Comrade Michael has always had strong military role models.  His grandfather was in the Infantry and served in the Great War.  His father was in the Air Force and served in the Second World War.  Brother John is a former Air Force Reservist (see M.L. issue, April 2019)...

December 15, 2019

Just about 60 years ago, Comrade Wayne’s pet dog followed him to kindergarten.  Since that time, it has been a steady learning and sharing curve for our First Vice-President, and Membership Chairperson.  Not much has changed expect that he has grown older.  His early l...

November 5, 2019

In 1977 Comrade Rick looked over the smoggy Hamilton industrial landscape.  This was not for him!  His father was a Korean War Veteran.   Hence, Comrade Rick’s decision to join the military was not a foreign concept.  Comrade Rick fondly recalls his first eleven weeks...

February 5, 2019

Wanting to experience new opportunities and adventures, now retired Sergeant Wanda G. Beaudoin joined the Canadian Armed Forces in August 1974 with her parents’ permission and blessings. 

Comrade Wanda has enjoyed many ‘firsts’ in her military career; her first train tr...

November 22, 2018

At the time of his retirement, Master Warrant Officer Normand (MWO) had already served our country for more than forty years.  He recalls being recruited to the Army (infantry) with promises of jumping out of airplanes and seeing the world.  His interest was with the P...

October 23, 2018

After high school graduation, Comrade Steve Zeidler stated that a Recruitment Officer offered him the opportunity to join the artillery, which was down this young gentleman’s avenue as he enjoys camping and hunting. With a birthday on 11.11, it was practically pre-orda...

September 11, 2018

At age fifteen, former Sea Cadet George boarded the train to Shotley, England to join the Royal Navy as a Boy Seaman aboard the HMS Ganges. His sea-legs come from following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather.   

This boarding would lead to many por...

March 16, 2018

In 1991, a neighbour asked Comrade Ted if he would like to participate in a Coldwater Legion Parade and he said, “Yes, but I have no uniform.”  The problem was quickly solved and soon thereafter, Ted joined as a Branch 270 Ordinary Member.  In the ensuing years, Comrad...

January 23, 2018

Born into a military family, to serve his country was natural.  Progressing from Army Cadet to Reserves to the Regular Force, he joined the Royal Canadian Engineers to learn the trade of Field Engineer enabling ground troops to function in a battlefield.

His orientation...

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