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Aubrey Francis prepares meal for guests at Manna cafe

Veteran with PTSD Helps Himself by Helping Others


When thoughts of horror and loss start to seep into his mind, Aubrey Francis focuses on the positive things in his life―volunteering and his faith.

“Remembrance Day is hard for me,” says the 47-year-old. “While serving in the military I witnessed some of the most gut-wrenching things you could imagine. There was so much hate and I wasn’t prepared for that. And I’ve lost a lot of friends to combat and suicide.”

Over a span of 20 years, Francis served 11 tours […]

Salvation Army war services and canteens for troops

We Remember


On Remembrance Day, what will you and your family remember?

Remembrance Day began in response to the terrible death toll of the First World War. Today, it is as much a tribute to those currently serving in uniform as it is to those who have lost their lives in combat.

Every Remembrance Day, The Salvation Army, along with hundreds of Canadians honours and remembers those who have served, and continue to serve, during times of war, conflict and peace.

On November 11, at […]

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Salvation Army Remembers and Honours Veterans and Soldiers


Remembrance Day is upon us and, with two recent tragic deaths, Canadians are even more aware of the sacrifices our military men and women are called upon to make to secure our peace and freedom.

Today, The Salvation Army, along with hundreds of Canadians will honour and remember those who have served, and continue to serve, Canada during times of war, conflict and peace.

At the National War Memorial in Ottawa, and at cenotaphs and war memorials across the country, Salvation Army […]

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Tea in the Trenches


To a young Canadian soldier caught up in the carnage of the First World War, The Salvation Army was a welcome sight.

William “Bill” Clarke freely admits he is a bit of a packrat. “I come from a long line of hoarders,” he laughs. After years of procrastinating, his wife sent him down to the basement of their home in London, Ont., with orders not to come back up until the place was sorted.

“She had a point,” Bill says. “There were […]


Frontlines of Care


For more than 25 years, Gladys Osmond, has written as many as 1,000 letters of encouragement every month to members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

“The connection to home and a ‘normal’ life, particularly in times of stress, violence and death, cannot be overestimated in value,” says General (Ret.) Rick Hillier, former Chief of the Defence Staff of the Canadian Forces.
A collection of her letters from soldiers was published in 2009: Dear Gladys: Letters From Over There. The book […]

Red or White Poppies?


A peace organization in Prince Edward Island is selling white poppies for Remembrance Day and the Royal Canadian Legion is upset.

Peace activists claim the Remembrance Day poppies sold by veterans represents the nostalgia and romanticizing of war while veterans argue the white poppies tarnish the symbolic value of the red poppy.

The red poppy was adopted in Canada in 1921. Since then, the poppy has stood as a symbol of Remembrance, our visual pledge to never forget all […]