September 17, 2021
Legion Week once again in Chatham-Kent
More than a dozen local members and officials of the Royal Canadian Legion attended a flag-raising ceremony at the Civic Centre in recognition of Legion Week, September 19-24.
Zone A3 Commander Len Maynard said the work of the Legion goes on regardless of the pandemic that has forced a change in the way events are held.
“If you are unsure as to what branch hours of operations are or when we may be hosting a lunch, give the branch a call,” Maynard said. “We need your support and the veterans certainly appreciate it.”
Chatham Branch 642 officials presented Mayor Darrin Canniff with a certificate acknowledging his support of Legion ideals.
“The Legion is close to my heart as my father and grandfather served in the military,” he said. “It is a pleasure for myself and council to do what we can to support this fine organization that has helped so many people.”
Councillor Karen Kirkwood-Whyte attended the ceremony as well as Commander Maynard and Len Drouillard, Deputy Commander and Sgt.-at-Arms. Several members of the Legion Ladies Auxiliary also attended.
Although recognizing the sacrifice and contribution Canada’s military men and women have made to our freedom remains at the core of the Legion, membership is no longer restricted to veterans of Canada’s armed forces.
There are more than 1,300 Legion branches across Canada with some 250,000 members.
Photo Caption 1: Sgt. At Arms Len Drouillard, Councillor Karen Kirkwood-Whyte, Zone A3 Commander Len Maynard and Mayor Darrin Canniff prepare to raise the flag.
Photo Caption 2: Zone A3 Commander Len Maynard, Mayor Darrin Canniff and Sgt. at Arms Len Drouillard during the certificate presentation.
Photo Caption 3: Members of the Legion Ladies Auxiliary attended the event. From left to right are Zone A3 Commander Bessie Grosvenor, Branch 642 First Vice President Lorraine Irwin and Branch 642 President Nancy Belanger.
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