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Tag: Anniversary Commemorations – Anniversaries of important events in CAF history

The Deputy Minister’s Vlog – Remembrance Day

– In DM Jody Thomas’ latest vlog, she reminds us to take the time to remember, to say “thank you”, and to appreciate the amazing country we live in. #LestWeForget #RememberThem

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Private Ernest “Smoky” Smith

– A member of the Seaforth Highlanders, Smith earned a reputation for being an insubordinate soldier and hellraiser who didn’t believe in taking orders. As a result of his cavalier attitude, he was promoted to the rank of Corporal and then demoted back to Private nine times!

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Headstone cleaning at National Military Cemetery draws hundreds of volunteers

– Volunteer military and community members spruced up the official cemetery of the Canadian Armed Forces, scrubbing 3500 headstones over the weekend of 19-20 October.

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The Royal Canadian Legion announces 2019-2020 National Silver Cross Mother

– The Memorial Cross (more often referred to as the Silver Cross) was first authorized on December 1, 1919 as a memento of personal loss and sacrifice on the part of widows and mothers of Canadian sailors, aviators and soldiers who died for their country during the war. Today, the National Silver Cross Mother is chosen by the Legion among nominations made by Legion Provincial Commands and individuals to represent the mothers of Canada at the National Remembrance Day Ceremony in Ottawa.

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Colonel Eric Charron: Greenway School

– As part of National Veterans’ Week, Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members volunteer to give presentations at schools and other organizations across Canada. These sessions help Canadians, especially our country’s youth, learn more about the roles and stories of serving CAF members.

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Our Canadian Armed Forces: Through children’s eyes

– For the Deputy Minister and Chief of the Defence Staff’s 2018 Holiday Card Contest, children were asked to submit drawings for the chance to have their artwork featured on the cover of the DM and CDS’ holiday cards.
Many children composed images of what the Canadian Armed Forces meant to them.

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Battle of Britain remembered throughout Canada

– Throughout the country, RCAF personnel, veterans, air cadets and the Canadian public paused on September 15, 2019, to mark the 79th anniversary of the Battle of Britain—a pivotal battle that thwarted Hitler’s plan to invade Great Britain.

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“We give thanks, as we have since 1943”

– The national Battle of Britain commemorative ceremony was held September 15, 2019 in Ottawa. The commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force was the reviewing officer and keynote speaker. Here are his remarks.

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“The Polish-Canadian brotherhood in arms”

– During the Battle of Britain, Poland’s 303 Squadron, commanded by a Canadian, scored the highest number of victories. The strong friendship between Poland and Canada, forged during the war, endures to this day, as the Polish defence attaché explains.

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RCAF remembers the valour of “The Few”

– On September 15, 2019, the RCAF marked the 79th anniversary of the Battle of Britain with a parade at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa.

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