Peace keepers honoured at Stride Place Remembrance Day ceremony

Peace keepers honoured at Stride Place Remembrance Day ceremonyThe annual Remembrance Day observance in Portage la Prairie is important to many. The large crowd at Stride Place on Remembrance stands testament to the conviction as Portagers and Canadians that we remember why it is important to come together on this auspicious date. “Lest We Forget” the call to arms for peace-loving Canadians to…

Pack up you troubles in your old kit-bag

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…

Armistice Day marks centennial

Armistice Day marks centennialMickey Dumont/The Portage Citizen: On Remembrance Day (Armistice Day) Canadians will gather to honour and remember Canada’s fallen Veterans and help ensure Canadians never forget their sacrifice. Every year, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, observing the date and time when armies stopped fighting World War I, locally we…