Remembrance Day

Angus Stanfield is the chairman of the Cockrell House. In this photo dated Oct. 25, 2019, Stanfield was about to present the first poppy to Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps to help launch the poppy campaign. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Colwood house helps homeless veterans get back on their feet

Cockrell House has helped more than 100 people since it was established in 2009

Angus Stanfield is the chairman of the Cockrell House. In this photo dated Oct. 25, 2019, Stanfield was about to present the first poppy to Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps to help launch the poppy campaign. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Norm Scott, president of the Royal Canadian Legion Prince Edward Branch 91, shows off the commemorative wall in the legion, which is decorated with veterans’ names. The legion is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. (Black Press Media file photo)

Legions help keep the memories alive

Legions offer many services for the community

  • Nov 11, 2019
Norm Scott, president of the Royal Canadian Legion Prince Edward Branch 91, shows off the commemorative wall in the legion, which is decorated with veterans’ names. The legion is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. (Black Press Media file photo)
Alice Adams (right) and her friend Lilian Phibbs were both Wrens in the Second World War. They reconnected after Adams was honoured at a ceremony at Fort Rodd Hill in May. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)

Decades after her service in the Second World War, a local war hero honoured

Petty Officer Alice “Ruddy” Adams earned the Bletchley Park Commemorative Badge

Alice Adams (right) and her friend Lilian Phibbs were both Wrens in the Second World War. They reconnected after Adams was honoured at a ceremony at Fort Rodd Hill in May. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
The St. Luke Cedar Hill Anglican Church hosts a Nov. 10 service to honour the veterans buried in the nearby cemetery. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

St. Luke’s Service of Remembrance honours more than 130 veterans

Women’s Auxillary Air Force veteran added to the list of honourees

The St. Luke Cedar Hill Anglican Church hosts a Nov. 10 service to honour the veterans buried in the nearby cemetery. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Patti Stockton, acting president of the Trafalgar/ProPatia Legion (left), acting Victoria Mayor Marianne Alto, and Angus Stanfield, Chair of the Victoria Remembrance Day Committee stood in front of the newly-placed memorial medallions along Shelbourne St. on Nov. 8, 2019. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Commemorative medallions placed along Shelbourne Street for 100th Armistice Day

The ‘Road of Remembrance’ now extends past Saanich and into Victoria

Patti Stockton, acting president of the Trafalgar/ProPatia Legion (left), acting Victoria Mayor Marianne Alto, and Angus Stanfield, Chair of the Victoria Remembrance Day Committee stood in front of the newly-placed memorial medallions along Shelbourne St. on Nov. 8, 2019. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps (left) receives the first poppy from Angus Stanfield, chair of the Victoria Remembrance Day Committee. The gesture officially launched the 2019 Poppy Campaign. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps receives first poppy, launching the 2019 Poppy Campaign

Poppies will now be for sale across the city to fundraise for veterans before Remembrance Day

Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps (left) receives the first poppy from Angus Stanfield, chair of the Victoria Remembrance Day Committee. The gesture officially launched the 2019 Poppy Campaign. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Jim Diack (left), treasurer of the BC/Yukon Command for the Legion pins a poppy on Lt.-Gov. Janet Austin. The ceremony signals the first step to kicking off the 2019 Poppy Campaign. (Nicole Crescenzi/ News Staff)

Lieutenant Governor Janet Austin receives first poppy in Legion-led ceremony

The ceremony is one of the first steps to kick off the 2019 poppy campaign

Jim Diack (left), treasurer of the BC/Yukon Command for the Legion pins a poppy on Lt.-Gov. Janet Austin. The ceremony signals the first step to kicking off the 2019 Poppy Campaign. (Nicole Crescenzi/ News Staff)
The City of Victoria is considering installing similar signage along Shelbourne Street as seen in Saanich (File contributed/City of Victoria)

Victoria city council considers installing commemorative Remembrance Day medallions along Shelbourne Street

The idea comes shortly after council suggested veterans pay for Remembrance Day costs

The City of Victoria is considering installing similar signage along Shelbourne Street as seen in Saanich (File contributed/City of Victoria)
London Drugs has offered to pay for Victoria’s Remembrance Day ceremonies for three years (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

London Drugs offers to pay Victoria’s Remembrance Day costs

The pledge comes after council voted to ask federal branches for refunds on police costs

London Drugs has offered to pay for Victoria’s Remembrance Day ceremonies for three years (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
61,000 Canadians died during the First World War. Overall, 630,000 Canadian men and women served during the First World War, with 425,000 going overseas. (Vimy Foundation)

UVic military historian sees paralles between eve of First World War and today

David Zimmerman says period leading up to centennial has heightened interest

61,000 Canadians died during the First World War. Overall, 630,000 Canadian men and women served during the First World War, with 425,000 going overseas. (Vimy Foundation)
William Richardson Boyle, local resident Joan Newton’s great uncle, served in the First World War. Richardson never spoke of his service during the war, but was a proud member of the Royal Canadian Legion. He only stopped patronizing the Legion after those he served with had passed away according to his niece. Every Remembrance Day Newton goes to the ceremony at every year at Veteran’s Park and to the Legion to pay her respects. (Joan Newton/Submitted)

Memories of an uncle and Remembrance Day

Father-figure remembered fondly

  • Nov 11, 2018
William Richardson Boyle, local resident Joan Newton’s great uncle, served in the First World War. Richardson never spoke of his service during the war, but was a proud member of the Royal Canadian Legion. He only stopped patronizing the Legion after those he served with had passed away according to his niece. Every Remembrance Day Newton goes to the ceremony at every year at Veteran’s Park and to the Legion to pay her respects. (Joan Newton/Submitted)
Langford Legion president Norm Scott said he will always remember those who fought for freedom in Canada. (Jessica Fedigan/News Gazette staff)

Langford: Legion’s poppy campaign to help community, keep Remembrance Day traditions alive

Langford Legion’s president said he thinks the importance of Remembrance Day is disappearing.

Langford Legion president Norm Scott said he will always remember those who fought for freedom in Canada. (Jessica Fedigan/News Gazette staff)
A legacy of service

A legacy of service

Veteran finds a kindred spirit in Spitfire pilot

A legacy of service
Remembering friends who were lost

Remembering friends who were lost

Walter Carter was part of the Royal Air Force from 1942 to 1944

Remembering friends who were lost
Gene Sheplawy of Colwood served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 30 years on 10 ships and two submarines. Fifteen years old when the Second World War broke out, he later joined the navy in 1949 at the age of 18 because he was in need of work. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)

One day of remembering not enough for Colwood veteran

Gene Sheplawy served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 30 years

Gene Sheplawy of Colwood served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 30 years on 10 ships and two submarines. Fifteen years old when the Second World War broke out, he later joined the navy in 1949 at the age of 18 because he was in need of work. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
Simon Low, Grade 6, reflects on a veteran’s headstone in God’s Acre Cemetery after placing a poppy during the Rockheights Middle School “No Stone Left Alone” campaign. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Esquimalt students place poppies at graves of Canadian veterans

Rockheights Middle School students took part in the ‘No Stone Left Alone’ program

Simon Low, Grade 6, reflects on a veteran’s headstone in God’s Acre Cemetery after placing a poppy during the Rockheights Middle School “No Stone Left Alone” campaign. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Routine Spitfire raids of Europe isn’t something you forget
Routine Spitfire raids of Europe isn’t something you forget
Oak Bay veteran Joseph E. L. (Larry) Gollner holds a book called ‘Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry General Officers First 100 Years’ in which he was featured. (Flavio Nienow/News staff)

Oak Bay veteran sent to over 60 countries during his career

The advocate for veterans’ issues says growing awareness around PTSD has had a positive impact

  • Nov 10, 2018
Oak Bay veteran Joseph E. L. (Larry) Gollner holds a book called ‘Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry General Officers First 100 Years’ in which he was featured. (Flavio Nienow/News staff)
Navy Lt. Derek Carter is the senior practice lead for mental health nursing at CFB Esquimalt. He has been selected to be part of the National Sentry Program in Ottawa for Remembrance Day. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

CFB Esquimalt nurse selected for national Remembrance Day program

Navy Lt. Derek Carter will be part of the Remembrance Day Sentry Program in Ottawa

Navy Lt. Derek Carter is the senior practice lead for mental health nursing at CFB Esquimalt. He has been selected to be part of the National Sentry Program in Ottawa for Remembrance Day. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Darrell Walker is dedicated to honouring the forgotten Canadians who fought in the Spanish Civil War. (Rick Stiebel/News staff)

Metchosin veteran remembers forgotten soldiers

More than 1,500 Canadians served in the Spanish Civil War

  • Nov 10, 2018
Darrell Walker is dedicated to honouring the forgotten Canadians who fought in the Spanish Civil War. (Rick Stiebel/News staff)