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The Maple Leaf Mission
In 2009, while battling a chronic illness, Edmonton photographer Tonnika Jackman-Mott realized that in spite of her impressive portfolio, she had very few personal photos to leave to her family should the unthinkable happen. Recognizing that other families might be in similar circumstances, Tonnika created The Maple Leaf Mission, a non-for-profit organization that facilitates photographic sessions for families to capture and preserve memories.
While much of the work that the tireless volunteer team does concerns families dealing with chronic or terminal illnesses, the Maple Leaf Mission is also dedicated to military families, skillfully snapping emotional moments during homecomings and deployments. The Maple Leaf Mission will even arrange to have photos shipped overseas for those who have been deployed shortly after the pictures were taken. These photographic keepsakes cost nothing…the photographers are volunteers too.
Due to the volume of queries, the Maple Leaf Mission asks that you email them for more information
The Mural of Honor
The Mural of Honor is a fascinating combination of art, history and digital technology, designed first and foremost as a tribute to fallen veterans as well as the Canadian military’s involvement in various arenas over the last 200 years.
The mural is actually a mosaic, comprised of 240 individual tiles that give a brief snapshot in time. Guest artists, including war artists of WWII, contributed 13 tiles, while the rest were painstakingly rendered by St. Albert muralist Lewis Lavoie. What makes this particular mosaic so unique is that it is interactive; each tile contains a story that may be viewed separately.
Although housed at the Military Museums in Calgary, the Mural of Honor by virtue of its digital background is available to view online. This amazing educational tool may be accessed at the
The Project Heroes
In late 2008, three Edmonton area artists came together in an ambitious effort to honor and remember Canadian heroes who fell in Afghanistan. Susan Abma, Shairl Honey, and Cindy Revell, all accomplished painters, began an exhaustive project that seeks to connect the Canadian public to a more intimate portrayal of Canada’s fallen, reminding us all of the human toll behind the statistics.
Portraits have been rendered from personal photo collections, and letters, stories, poems and other personal effects help bring these heroes back to life, if only for a moment. The families of the soldiers have been actively involved in the depictions of their loved ones, and have provided much of the needed background material for this achievement.
While the exhibition tour has yet to be scheduled, Project Heroes is still in need of volunteers and donations, and always welcomes queries or information from families. To learn more about Project Heroes or become involved, visit their website.
Injuries and illnesses can leave Canadian military personnel and their families with life altering disabilities that may seem insurmountable. Recognizing the need for support to push past physical barriers, WO Andrew McLean and Greg Legacé founded Soldier On in 2006 to promote a better quality of life through sports and recreation.
Debilitating injuries and illnesses can leave personnel feeling isolated and ineffective. Soldier On strives to improve independence and lifestyle for those personnel affected by providing opportunities for new skills, experiences and social interactions which encourage a more positive outlook and productive standard of living.
Access to these resources can be gained through the Canadian Forces Personnel and Family Support Services, and funding may be obtained through the Soldier On Fund. For more information, visit the Soldier On website.
The Tarnac Farms Incident
For twelve members of the Third Battalion of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, the evening of April 17th, 2002 began as a routine training exercise in an area known as Tarnak Farms, near Kandahar Afghanistan. However, the events of that night would become one of the darkest chapters in Canadian military coalition history.
Overhead, American F-16 pilots mistook the exercise as enemy fire, and USAF Major Harry Schmidt leveled the group of Canadian soldiers with a laser-guided 227 KG bomb. Four Canadians were killed; Sgt. Marc Leger, Cpl. Ainsworth Dyer, Pte. Richard Green, and Pte. Nathan Smith. The remaining eight suffered serious injuries, and those who served with them still bear the psychological scarring of that night.
Two years later, Major Harry Schmidt was found guilty of dereliction of duty, fined 2 months wages, and reprimanded. It was a small price compared to that paid by the families and friends who lost loved ones that night.
The Veteran Paratroopers Canada MC wishes to regroup ex members of the Canadian Airborne Regiment so they can ride together, have fun and wear their colors with honour.Their main goal is to give, once again, a chance for many good men to show each other and the rest of the world that they can represent the Airborne Brotherhood while standing tall and prove to the unbeleivers that we are men of honour. Check them out by clicking here.
The 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion Preservation Association C Company is a living history group based in Ontario, Canada. This Association was formed in late 1998 by a group of like-minded individuals whom are dedicated to honouring the memory of the Men of the Original Battalion and preserve a piece of valuable Canadian history that may otherwise be obscured by the passage of time. Click here to visit their website
The Canadian Airborne Forces Association (CAFA) / Association des Forces Aéroportées du Canada (AFAC) is the umbrella organization for all airborne associations within the Canadian Airborne Brotherhood. CAFA welcomes all qualified Canadian military parachutists, as well as military jumpers from our Allied countries. Friends of the Airborne, non-jump qualified, may apply for Associate membership, and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
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Article - The Canadian Airborne as a Military Elite - Fact or Fiction?
by Lieutenant-Colonel Bernd Horn
Conventional military minds spurn the distinct, special or unique. In fact, military practise and tradition enshrines the notion of uniformity. Resistance to the concept of an elite is malevolent not only in the military but also in general society at large. Canadians, at least in theory, wish to view their society as egalitarian and equitable.
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The Royal Canadian Hussars (Montreal) http://www.rch.ca
One of the purposes of the RCH web site is to promote our unit
through the web and therefore make a mink between present business and
the past history. The RCH wants to make sure our traditions are known and
understood by as many people as possible.
For Further Information
The following links contain more information and video footage about the Canadian military. While most focus on Paratroopers, there are other great links here as well. Check them out, expand your knowledge base, and share this page with your friends. If you know of any other resources we can list here, please contact us.
1) 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion – Unit History
History of the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, as well as information about reenactments.
2) 3rd Parachute Brigade – WWII British and Canadian Re-enactors
An impressive collection of stories, interviews, photos and the opportunity to join a reenactment group.
3) Veteran Paratroopers Canada Motorcycle Club
An opportunity for Canadian Paratroopers to regroup in a social setting.
4) 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, 6th Airborne Division
Another historical account, but the website appears outdated or abandoned.
5) Boys of the Clouds
A compilation of oral histories, gathered and written by Gary C. Boegel.
6) 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion Preservation Association, C Company
A ‘living history’ website, dedicated to preserving the memory of the men who served in 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion.
7) 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion in Holland
Great website by a Dutch national that pays homage to Canada’s contribution in Holland during WWII.
8) Canadian Airborne Forces Association
9) The Canadian Airborne Regiment – DND
A lengthy report of the Somalia Commission of Inquiry.
10) Airborne Regiment Association of Canada
11) Canadian Forces
12) Canadian Military Heritage Museum
1) Canadian Paratroopers Mass Jump
2) Canadian Forces Parachute Training
3) Canadian Forces Paratroopers Jump From Mi-8 Helo
4) Canadian Paratroopers
5) Canada’s 65th Airborne D-Day Ceremony: Part 1 of 2
6) Canada’s 65th Airborne D-Day Ceremony: Part 2 of 2
1) The Canadian Airborne As A Military Elite – Fact or Fiction?
A re-posted article by Lieutenant-Colonel Bernd Horn (June 1st, 1999) that examines the perceptions of the Canadian Airborne.
2) Canadian, US Paratroopers Train Together, Exchange Jump Wings
From DND/CF, an article looking at a joint training session with Canadian and US paratroopers.
3) Canadian and US Paratroopers Train Together
Photographs of the training listed above.
4) The 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion in Normandy
A young Cadet in Quebec pays homage to the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion in Normandy.
5) Canadian Paratroopers From 3 RR2eR – Rapid Trident 2011
1600 hundred personnel from 13 different countries, including 35 Canadians, participate in joint exercise.
6) Paratroopers: The Canadian Story
An article in the Daily Observer that discusses “Paratroopers: The Canadian Story”.
7) Polish Paratroopers in Canada
A short article about Polish Paratroopers training in Canada.
8) Canadian Airborne Regiment Members Argue for Re-Establishment
In the Ottawa Citizen, a strong case for the re-establishment of a Canadian Airborne Regiment.
1) Canadian Hero Fund
A unique charitable organization that raises funds to support the education of the children of fallen soldiers.
2) How To Identify and Date Canadian Paratrooper Wings
Great resource for anyone who collects militia.
3) Canada At War
This website is dedicated to the memory of the tremendous Canadian contribution in both World Wars, and a place of remembrance for all our fallen since 1914.
4) Pictures of Canadians Training for D-Day
A collection of pictures from the Library and Archives Canada.
5) 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion – Lest We Forget
A personal blog with an extensive listing of stories, photos and articles.
6) Faces of War
Photographs of the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion at the Library and Archives Canada.
7) The Military Wife
Discussion boards, support and resources for military families.
8) Red Fridays Foundation of Canada
This is an idea that took off and hasn’t slowed down. It’s a groundswell of thanks and support from a grateful Canadian public.
9) Veteran’s Affairs Canada Assistance Service
Answers to your questions, information links to assist you, and a toll-free crisis line that’s manned 24/7.
10) Hire Canadian Military
Job opportunities for released military personnel who are looking to utilize their training and knowledge.
11) Canadian Red Ribbon Forces
What started off as a small fundraising project for the “Chosen Soldier Project” has grown to provide funding to over a dozen different military related projects. Order yours today!
12) Canadian Military History Gateway
A comprehensive military history run by the Government of Canada.
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