Chief of National Defence General Walter Natynczyk gives the thumbs up to veterans who arrive by military trucks in Ottawa on June 6, 2009 to take part in the 65th anniversary of D-Day (CP/Fred Chartrand)

When Canada finally started to remember World War II

A new book by historian Tim Cook looks at how World War II fits in Canada’s historical imagination, and why it was vulnerable to neglect for so long

What war memorials forget

Matthew Sears: By being more thoughtful about acts of commemoration in pondering who is and who is not represented, we stand a better chance of righting Canada’s wrongs

Real postcards from the First World War that survived a century

These notes sent between those at war and home were preserved as part of the Wartime Canada project at the University of Western Ontario

Margaret Atwood on the stark differences ‘back home’ before and after the Great War

Although nothing was shelled or destroyed, everything changed on the home front

Celebrated athletes joined Canada’s WW1 effort—including six Olympians

Some stars of the future also got their start amid the fighting

The First World War united these Canadians by service and sacrifice

Their stories couldn’t be more different—from a wealthy socialite to a wandering Malaysian sailor. But they all served Canada when called upon.

The heroic life of First World War soldier Samuel Lewis Honey

One Canadian hero, among many, from the conflict

What kept Canadian soldiers committed during the First World War?

Seven in ten were killed, injured or captured. And yet, they fought on.

King George V (left), with Victoria-born Canadian Corps commander Lt.-Gen. Sir Arthur Currie (centre) and Gen. Henry Horne, surveys Vimy Ridge (The Print Collector/Print Collector/Getty Images)

He led Canada to victory in the Great War. Why did the troops dislike him?

Arthur Currie is widely considered one of Canada’s greatest military leaders. But soldiers felt differently.

This Canadian private wrote and saved hundreds of letters during the First World War

A rare collection of correspondences between a soldier and his mother offer an intimate look at life at war—and at home

‘If we hadn’t had our rum, we would have lost the war’

Here’s a look at what Canadian soldiers ate and drank to sustain their bodies—and First World War efforts. Many looked forward eagerly to their daily rum ration.

RH Thomson’s The World Remembers commemorates sacrifice, one name at a time

For the centenary, the actor is collecting and projecting the names of the First World War’s fallen