Veterans

A Canadian soldier keeps a close watch as one of his men investigates a suspicious device near a road between two of Canada’s bases in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, June 2, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel

Taliban victories prompt fresh questions, soul searching for Canadian veterans

Veterans, some still in uniform, have taken to social media in recent days to express their pain and sadness

 

John Hillman, 102, marks down the last lap for the day hitting 80 on July 6. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

VIDEO: Donations lag as 102-year-old veteran laps Oak Bay courtyard for cause

John Hillman set to take his last laps Thursday morning

 

Stocky Edwards at his home in Comox, on June 4, 2021, one day before his 100th birthday. Photo by Erin Haluschak

Celebrating Stocky Edwards: Vancouver Island Spitfire pilot and flying legend turns 100

‘That’s my life. I just hope I lived it well because I’ve always done the best I could.’

 

Volunteers work on a past year’s poppy fund activities at the Trafalgar/Pro Patria Legion on Gorge Road in Victoria. The provincial government announced $1.5 million in one-time funding for B.C. and Yukon legions on June 2 to help them stay open through the remainder of the pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. government announces $1.5 million in pandemic relief for struggling Legion branches

Property tax exemption is what Legions really need, Victoria branch president says

Volunteers work on a past year’s poppy fund activities at the Trafalgar/Pro Patria Legion on Gorge Road in Victoria. The provincial government announced $1.5 million in one-time funding for B.C. and Yukon legions on June 2 to help them stay open through the remainder of the pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victor Osborne, 102, of Nanaimo, who was born during the Spanish flu pandemic and took part in an influenza A vaccine trial while in the Royal Navy in 1934, will get his first COVID-19 vaccine dose on Monday, March 15. (News Bulletin file photo)

102-year-old B.C. veteran born during our last pandemic books his COVID-19 shot

Victor Osborne is no stranger to new vaccines

Victor Osborne, 102, of Nanaimo, who was born during the Spanish flu pandemic and took part in an influenza A vaccine trial while in the Royal Navy in 1934, will get his first COVID-19 vaccine dose on Monday, March 15. (News Bulletin file photo)
Canadian flag shoulder patches on members of the Canadian Armed Forces. (CP Photo)
Canadian flag shoulder patches on members of the Canadian Armed Forces. (CP Photo)
Jack Coles, a Second World War veteran with the Royal Canadian Air Force, turns 100 on Nov. 16. (Michael Briones photo)

Qualicum Beach veteran Jack Coles turns 100 on Nov. 16

‘Being active is the main thing’ when it comes to longevity

Jack Coles, a Second World War veteran with the Royal Canadian Air Force, turns 100 on Nov. 16. (Michael Briones photo)
Heather Maling and crash researcher Radovan Zivanovic searching for small pieces from the crash site where Officer Henry Carruthers, of Trail, was killed in the Second World War. Photo: Submitted

Remembering a young man from Trail who went to war and never came home

Henry Carruthers is buried in the Belgrade War Cemetery in Serbia.

Heather Maling and crash researcher Radovan Zivanovic searching for small pieces from the crash site where Officer Henry Carruthers, of Trail, was killed in the Second World War. Photo: Submitted
A poppy is projected on the side of the Peace Tower in Ottawa, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. On the eve of Remembrance Day, the federal Liberal government is moving ahead with plans to provide emergency assistance to veterans organizations that have been battered by the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

VIDEO: Legion, other veterans groups to get $20M to weather COVID-19

Legion dominion president Tom Irvine welcomed the new funding as a long time coming

A poppy is projected on the side of the Peace Tower in Ottawa, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. On the eve of Remembrance Day, the federal Liberal government is moving ahead with plans to provide emergency assistance to veterans organizations that have been battered by the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Korean War veterans Andy Barber, left, and Ron Kirk, raise the Canadian flag at the Halton Naval Veterans Association Burlington, Ont. on Friday November 6, 2020. Barber and Kirk served as in the navy as part of a peacekeeping force immediately following the armistice in July 1953. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

70 years on, Canadian veterans keep memories of ‘forgotten’ Korean War alive

It took till May 1982 before the National War Memorial was rededicated to include the dates of the Korean War

Korean War veterans Andy Barber, left, and Ron Kirk, raise the Canadian flag at the Halton Naval Veterans Association Burlington, Ont. on Friday November 6, 2020. Barber and Kirk served as in the navy as part of a peacekeeping force immediately following the armistice in July 1953. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch
Laken Pavan from Parksville, shakes hands and thanks veterans during a D-Day celebration in France at Juno Beach. (Submitted photo)

Canadian Armed Forces gave direction to Parksville’s Kevin Pavan

‘All my friends were getting jobs, moving on. I was doing the same old thing’

Laken Pavan from Parksville, shakes hands and thanks veterans during a D-Day celebration in France at Juno Beach. (Submitted photo)
From left: Parksville Mayor Ed Mayne; Valda Stefani, project research; and Ken Griffith, president of the Royal Canadian Legion Banch 49 present two banners that will hang along Highway 19A between McMillan and McVickers Streets. The banner on the left commemorates Edmund Campbell Dunn (First World War). On the right, the banner commemorates Verity Everst (Second World War). (Mandy Moraes photo)

City Parksville to honour veterans with commemorative banners

Mayor: ‘It is important we remember and recognize the ultimate sacrifice made’

From left: Parksville Mayor Ed Mayne; Valda Stefani, project research; and Ken Griffith, president of the Royal Canadian Legion Banch 49 present two banners that will hang along Highway 19A between McMillan and McVickers Streets. The banner on the left commemorates Edmund Campbell Dunn (First World War). On the right, the banner commemorates Verity Everst (Second World War). (Mandy Moraes photo)
FILE – A Canadian flag sits on a members of Canadian forces that are leaving from CFB Trenton, in Trenton, Ont., on October 16, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

Feds gave 1,600 veterans priority hiring, but could have been higher: report

Act was launched on July 1, 2015 and was to intended to help veterans find post-military work

FILE – A Canadian flag sits on a members of Canadian forces that are leaving from CFB Trenton, in Trenton, Ont., on October 16, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg
Qualicum Beach council moved to look into ways to supporting homeless veterans. Back, from left, Coun. Adam Walker, Coun. Robert Filmer, Coun. Scott Harrison. Front: Mayor Brian Wiese, left, and Coun. Teunis Westbroek. (Town of Qualicum Beach photo)

Qualicum Beach council moves to look at ways to help homeless veterans

Commitment make to look into options and needs in the area

Qualicum Beach council moved to look into ways to supporting homeless veterans. Back, from left, Coun. Adam Walker, Coun. Robert Filmer, Coun. Scott Harrison. Front: Mayor Brian Wiese, left, and Coun. Teunis Westbroek. (Town of Qualicum Beach photo)
Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns has called on the Liberal government to better support veterans through COVID-19. (File photo)

MP Johns calls on federal government to provide support to veterans

‘These organizations are currently facing significant financial challenges’

Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns has called on the Liberal government to better support veterans through COVID-19. (File photo)
Wreaths laid out at the Parksville cenotaph guarded by local cadets during a Remembrance Day ceremony. (PQB News file photo)

Parksville asks for help identifying veterans for special banner project

Program to honour veterans whose names are listed on Parksville cenotaph

Wreaths laid out at the Parksville cenotaph guarded by local cadets during a Remembrance Day ceremony. (PQB News file photo)
Mavis Martin, age 18. (Submitted photo)

UPDATE: Qualicum Beach’s Mavis Martin on 100 years of living

Second World War veteran one of first female wireless operators in Royal Canadian Air Force

Mavis Martin, age 18. (Submitted photo)
Second World War veteran celebrates 100th birthday in Qualicum Beach

Second World War veteran celebrates 100th birthday in Qualicum Beach

Mavis Martin given special motorcade, letter from Queen Elizabeth

Second World War veteran celebrates 100th birthday in Qualicum Beach
John Hillman completed his 101st lap for charity to the sound of applause and bagpipes outside the Carlton House retirement home. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

PHOTOS: 101-year-old B.C. veteran completes 101 laps, raises nearly $150,000 for charity

‘I knew I could do it and I’ve done it,’ centenarian says

John Hillman completed his 101st lap for charity to the sound of applause and bagpipes outside the Carlton House retirement home. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Dave Mitchell tweeted this photo to remember his grandfather, Douglas Mitchell, who was part of the Canadian Forces that liberated the Netherlands during the Second World War. Photos of tulips are appearing online in celebration of Liberation Day in the Netherlands on May 5. (Twitter/Dave Mitchell)

Canadians mark 75th anniversary of Netherlands liberation with online tulips

Internet inundated with photos of tulips posted with #Netherlands75 and #TulipsAtHome

Dave Mitchell tweeted this photo to remember his grandfather, Douglas Mitchell, who was part of the Canadian Forces that liberated the Netherlands during the Second World War. Photos of tulips are appearing online in celebration of Liberation Day in the Netherlands on May 5. (Twitter/Dave Mitchell)