Researching Canadian Veteran Military Records
Many people are interested in knowing more about their fathers and relatives who served in the Canadian Army. It is very important for you to preserve this history, for both your family heritage and for Canadian history. It is an honor to know a veteran, and to help preserve the memory of their sacrifice.
There are some excellent web sites that can help you obtain more information
about the veteran you are researching.
If you are fortunate enough to know someone who served in World War II, make sure you record all the information you can. Make note of his rank, regiment, company or squadron he served in. Write down some of the stories of joining up, training, going overseas, where he was stationed and the battles. If you have his service medals and the cap badge (which identifies the regiment he served with), make sure you hang onto these. These are valued by collectors but they are worth more for their sentimental value. Consider these priceless family heirlooms.
In the book, D-Day The Greatest Invasion - A Peoples History, J.L. Granatstein eloquently states: "Canadians need to know of this. We need to learn of the great regiments that won the victory, units composed of men from all across this great land.... We also need to understand the great courage of all those young men who faced the enemy's fire and, conquering their understandable fear, stayed to fight and to support their friends and honor their country. A band of brothers? Without a doubt. Our greatest generation? Absolutely."