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"The Long Reach: The Royal Canadian Navy's role in the Korean War" exhibit is currently on display at the HMCS Alberni Museum and Memorial. Photos supplied

Korean War exhibit pays tribute to HMCS Iroquois

The HMCS Alberni Museum & Memorial (HAMM) in Courtenay marks the 70th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Navy’s involvement in the Korean War with a new exhibit. The combat phase of the Korean War ended 70 years ago, on July 27, 1953, with the signing of the armistice. It began on June 25, 1950, when North Korean Armed Forces invaded South Korea. More than 26,000 members of Canada’s military participated in the United Nations force, with 1,200 wounded and 516 paying the ultimate price.

Sentry duty stirs emotions

Sentry duty stirs emotions

                    For eight hours a day, seven days a week, a team of rotating military members guards the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa, Ontario, as part of the National Sentry Program from April 9 to Nov. 10. Rain or shine, these members stand guard […]

Korean War Entertainer

Korean War entertainer recalls the Smile Show

On a hot summer afternoon in 1947, 27-year-old Verna Mary Smith, a Victoria entertainer, performed a hand balancing and acrobatics show on the grass in James Bay’s MacDonald Park. A few days later, a photograph of Smith’s show in the local newspaper caught the eye of Gerry Gosley. He was amazed at the balancing act […]