Episode 000 – The Intro

Canadian Military History Podcast

The Podcast Dedicated to Our Veteran’s Own Stories; Past, Present and Eventually Future

This is the introduction episode where I introduce the format of the podcast as well as the reasons and influences for starting this podcast.

Feedback and comments are welcome.

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Mike Lacroix is a Senior Appointment Chief Warrant Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces.  His current appointment is as the Sergeant-Major for 32 Canadian Brigade Group in Toronto, Ontario.  Past appointments include the International Military Assistance and Training Team (Sierra Leone) Regimental Sergeant-Major, the  Assistant Chief of Staff Chief Warrant Officer for 32 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters, and the Regimental Sergeant-Major of the Toronto Scottish Regiment.

Mike Lacroix has served as a soldier in the Royal Canadian Infantry Corps earning qualifications in reconnaissance, machine-guns as well as advanced leadership.  His leadership was key during ceremonial events such as the presentation and consecration of Colours to the Royal Regiment of Canada and the Toronto Scottish Regiment, the Trooping of the Colour for the Toronto Scottish Regiment, the departure of the Toronto Scottish from Fort York Armoury, the opening ceremony of the Captain Bellenden Seymour Hutcheson VC Armoury in Etobicoke, Ontario and the 200th Anniversary Commemoration Parade for the 1813 Battle of York (now Toronto).

Mike Lacroix has earned the Operational Service Medal for Sierra Leone with first bar, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Canadian Forces Decoration with first bar.

Mike Lacroix is an amateur historian who’s primary interest is the First World War.  His focus on history is not on dates, places and battles, but more focused on the people; who they were and how they became military warriors.  His efforts brought to light the story of Pte Laurence Barclay Ramsay, a soldier of the 75th Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force, whose pocket bible saved him from a rifle shot to his heart.  The bible and Pte Ramsay’s artifacts were recovered from his family’s ‘shoe box’ and are now proudly on display at Captain Bellenden Hutcheson VC Armoury, 70 Birmingham St in Etobicoke, Ontario.

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Welcome to the Canadian Military History Podcast.

I’m your host, Mike Lacroix.

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