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Remembrance Day Service-Dinner-Awards

Remembrance Day Service


The Port Hope Legion Branch 30 invite everyone to join us as we pay tribute to those who have given the 

ultimate sacrifice.


Our Remembrance Day Service commences @ 10:30am

Port Hope Cenotaph

Corner of Queen St & Augusta St, 


Following the service

We welcome everyone to our 

Open House for Comradery 

& Cocktails at the 

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 30

29A Thomas St, Port Hope 


Remembrance Day Dinner & Award Presentations


Next door @ Port Hope Lions Club @ 6pm


Tickets available @ Legion Bar or by calling 905-885-6585

$15.00/person~Veterans no charge

Remembrance  Poster & Literary Contest


Educating our youth on the high cost of our freedom is one of the most important roles in Ontario today.


All information and entry forms have been delivered to local schools.

Encourage your children, nieces, nephews and grandchildren to participate.


Entries for the Poster Contest & Literary Contest will be picked up at local schools on November 20th.


We can not wait to see your schools entries.


We will never forget !


For further information contact the Youth Education Chair # 905-885-6585...leave a message- we will get back to you.



Teach Your Children to Remember

  As adults we understand what Remembrance Day is, why we observe this day and the significance of the poppy.  Being the parents of young children, we try and shelter them from violence and sadness so they aren’t worried and scared.  

That being said though, I think it’s important to be honest with them as to why we celebrate Remembrance Day. Keep it simple, give them the basic facts and let their curious minds lead the conversation where it may.

Here are some facts to share with them to get the conversation going:

  • Remembrance Day is an annual occasion when our country invites us to remember and honour the men and women who have fought in wars long ago to keep us safe
  • Remembrance Day is always on November 11th as it marks the day that the war was over and there was peace again.
  • We participate in 2 minutes of silence of at 11:00am on November 11th to be thankful and remember all the brave soldiers that gave us a safe country to live in
  • Is there a relative that served in the war?  Tell their story
  • Explain that we are very lucky to live in a country where there is peace.
  • What is a Poppy and why do we wear them? – We wear red flowers called Poppies to show others that you are remembering those who died for their country.  The reason poppies are used is because they are the flowers which grew on the battlefields after World War I ended.
  • Be sure to let them know that Mommy and Daddy will always be sure they are safe

What can we do to celebrate Remembrance Day with our Children?

  • Teach them about Peace and why it important in everyday life, on the playground and how they can be a peacekeeper
  • Read a book with them about Remembrance Day – A Poppy is to Remember is a great choice.  You can probably find this book at your local library or book store
  • Take them to purchase a Poppy .  Children get excited to put money in the box and wear their poppy proudly  (To stop it from falling off or poking your child, put a piece of cork on the end of the pin.)
  • Observe 2 minutes of silence at 11:00 am
  • Watch a Remembrance Day Ceremony on tv or attend a local ceremony
  • Send a Postcard for Peace to say thank you to those who served
  • Make a Remembrance Day Craft
  • Read a Remembrance Day Poem – In Flanders Fields is probably the most recited for Remembrance Day

Euchre Tournament & Meat Spin

 

Saturday November 18th


Euchre

Register @ 11 am

Play @ 12 noon

$5.00 per player


50/50 .. Door Prizes


Meat Spin will follow Euchre

$ 2.00 per spin


Contact Bill Hodges @ 905-373-0693 for information or to register

Port Hope Santa Claus Parade

    On Saturday November 25 at 1pm, Santa Claus is coming to town in our spectacular 81st Port Hope Santa Claus Parade. 

Join us along the parade route and watch the lively procesion travel through our heritage donwtown.

This year’s parade will feature an exceptional line up of bands, along with floats and displays from many local businesses, clubs and community groups. The Port Hope Legion Branch 30 will be entering a fantastic float-contact Ford Underwood to volunteer in any way....905-885-6585 - leave message

Don’t forget your letters to Santa! Canada Post workers will be on the route collecting everyone’s letters to make sure they get to the North Pole.

 Bring along a food item too; the Fare Share Food Bank will be collecting non-perishable food items and the Rotary will be collecting parade donations. 

Moonshot Euchre

   Sunday November 19th 


* 3rd Sunday of every month *  


 Register @ Noon 

Play @ 1 pm 

$ 5.00 per person   

A partner is not required 

50/50 Draw 

Come join us…Everyone is Welcome  

BRIGADIER GENERAL G.H. RALSTON - ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION, PORT HOPE, ONT. BRANCH 30

   


The Royal Canadian Legion is Canada’s largest Veteran support and community service organization. Our more than 300,000 members in over 1400 Branches across Canada make a difference in the lives of Veterans and their families, provide essential services within our communities, and Remember the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our Country.

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 30 - Port Hope is a service club for veterans, their families and friends. They sponsor community events, Air Cadets and donate to various worthwhile causes and organizations. The Legion holds Remembrance Day, Canada Day  and Decoration Day activities. The Legion also provides hall rentals for weddings, dinners, dances, fundraisers, sports, community meetings and banquets. 



 

Hall Bookings

 You can book the Port Hope Legion Hall for  many types of receptions and private parties.  The hall is air conditioned and is wheelchair accessible. Hall Capacity is 110.


Our friendly staff are there for you with smiles and great service.


Please contact us by telephone at 905-885-6585 or 905-885-1395 or by email @  br30rcl@hotmail.ca  and our staff will happily assist you with your questions or booking.

 



COME IN...RELAX...ENJOY THE COMRADERY

Port Hope Legion Branch 30 Hall-Capacity of 110

Calendar of Events..

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Become a Member

 When you join the Legion, you support the many services we offer to Veterans, serving military, RCMP Members, and their families. You don’t have to be a Veteran to join!Veterans put their lives on the line for their country; becoming a member of the Legion is the ultimate way to show your appreciation for that service. Your membership also helps provide essential services within our communities, including seniors support services, housing and care for the elderly, drop-in centres, Cadets, youth and sport programs, and much more. There are many ways the Legion gives, and by joining you give too. 

 Legion members care deeply about supporting the men and women who serve this country and want to make a difference in the lives of Veterans, contribute to our communities, and Remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our Country. When you join the Legion, you support the many services we offer to Veterans, serving military, RCMP, and their families.

 

 Join the Legion today!


 There are many ways the Legion gives, and by joining you give too. 

Branch 30 Port Hope Executive 2017-18

  • President-Wayne Byers
  • Past President/Veteran's Services/Band-Allan Wilson
  • 1st Vice/Membership-Andre LaBrosse
  •  2nd Vice/Sports/Cemetery & Last Post- Bill Hodges
  • 3rd Vice/Ways & Means/Sick & Visitation/L.A. Liaison--Mel Hodges
  • Secretary/Honours & Awards-Jean Kimball
  • Treasurer-Larry Lamble
  • Sergeant-at-Arms-Brenda Durocher
  • Chaplain-Padre William Service
  • Poppy Chair-John DeBoer
  • Cemetery/Last Post/Sports-Ford Underwood
  • Bar Chair/Public Relations-Cindy Greer/Patricia Wamsley
  • Nevada-Sarah Calnan
  • Property-Mark Provost
  • Youth Education-Patricia Wamsley & Cindy Greer

 When you join the Legion, you support the many services we offer to Veterans, serving military, RCMP Members, and their families. You don’t have to be a Veteran to join! 


Call us today for information on joining... 905-885-6585

LEGIONNAIRE OF THE YEAR

   The recipient of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch # 30 Legionnaire of the Year Award  for 2017 is a very worthy recipient, a Comrade who personifies the Legion. He is a most efficient team player and Loyal Member. His leadership, as 1st  Vice President who regularly attends Zone & District meetings and brings back valuable information to share with us, is invaluable.  As Chair of the Membership portfolio, he has brought if back to a standard not seen in years. He also  serves on the Honours & Awards Committee, assists with Zone Sports, and is Vice President of the Dart League, is a speaker for various functions and regularly volunteers for cards, horseshoes & other sporting events. This Member is a great ambassador of the Legion and promoter of what we do in the community.

 Fellow Comrades, please show your appreciation to the Legionnaire of the Year for 2017 ……… Andre Labrosse!!!!!!  

 Congratulations Andre, well deserved.  

The Ladies Auxilliary Branch #30

The Ladies Auxiliary is an essential part of the Legion.  

The Auxiliary are made up of Ladies who volunteer their time to running functions for the Legion as well as fundraising to assist others.


Ladies Auxiliary Executive

President : Arlene Pettipas - 905-885-8421

1st Vice President : Linda Pauk

2nd Vice President : Lynn Richards

Secretary/Treasurer : Pat Honey

Sgt-at-Arms : Jean Tarrington

Executive : Sandra Bolton

                  Tracy Brown


The Ladies Auxiliary is looking for New Members!  Our Meetings are the second Tuesday of the Month = 7pm at the Legion.  We also are always open to volunteers to help out with our  events.  Please join us to see what we are all about.  If you would like to volunteer or would like to drop in and see what we are all about, leave your name at the Bar and we will contact you or call President Arlene Pettipas @ 905-885-8421.


Meeting Schedule 


Tuessday October 10th/17 @ 7pm

Tuesday November 14th/17 @ 7pm

Tuesday December 12th/17 @ 7pm - Pot Luck-Casual Dress

Tuesday January 9th/18 @ 7pm

Tuesday February 13th/18 @ 7pm

Tuesday March 13t/18h @ 7pm

Tuesday April 16th/18 @ 7pm

Tuesday May 8th/18 @ 7pm - Elections

Tuesday June 12th/18 - Pot Luck

No meetings for July & August 2018

Tuesday September 13th/18  @ 7pm

Tuesday October 11th/18 @ 7pm

Tuesday November 8th/18 @ 7pm

Tuesday December 13th/18 @ 7pm - Pot Luck - Casual Dress



The Port Hope & District Pipe Band

 The Port Hope & District Pipe Band enjoy entertaining in parades, shows and at Highland Games throughout the area. 

Please take the time to enjoy learning about how they originated, their past accomplishments and learn about their future adventures and events. 

If you or someone you know is interested in joining or learning, qualified piping and drumming instruction are available free of charge on Thursday evenings. 

Come to the practice hall between 6:30 pm and 7 pm. or contact them at: porthopepipeband@gmail.com The band meet each Thursday evening at 7:30 pm for chanter and drumming practice at: 

Ruth Clarke Activity Centre 

81 Mill Street South, 

Port Hope, ON 

L1A 3Z9 


Band President- Heather A’Court 

Pipe Major-Jamie York 

Drum Sgt.- Al Wilson  

 Web site : http://porthopeanddistrictpipeband.ca  

A TREE FOR EVERY HERO

Highway of Heroes Living Tribute

  We are planting 117,000 trees – one tree for each of Canada’s war dead since Confederation. A living, breathing memorial

When a member of Canada’s Armed Forces falls in combat, his or her final journey is along the Highway of Heroes from CFB Trenton to the Coroner’s Office in Toronto. We are planting 117,000 trees along this 170km stretch of highway to honour each of Canada’s war dead. Every Canadian can be a part of this historic tribute. Look at the names on the cenotaph in YOUR community. Help us to honour those from YOUR community and ensure their spirit lives on in a living tribute!! 

 YOU can participate in creating this living legacy to honour our Canadian veterans and war dead 

Click the link below and be a part of this wonderful tribute... Highway of Heroes.

Poppy Campaign

 Please donate a little time and sign up for the Poppy Campaign.  Board is set up at the Port Hope Legion.  Contact Poppy Chairman Comrade John DeBoer for further information @ 905-885-6585 - leave message. 


Thank you so much for all you do.


Every year, the Legion conducts the Poppy Campaign to honour those who serve, and to raise funds in support of Veterans and their families. From the last Friday in October to Remembrance Day, all Canadians can be a part of the campaign. Wear a poppy, attend a ceremony, and show your recognition for those who gave their lives for our freedom.



 

Canadians are fiercely proud of our Veterans… and during the period leading up to Remembrance Day, millions of Canadians wear a Poppy as a symbol of national pride and respect, a visual pledge to never forget.During the Poppy Campaign, thousands of Legion members from coast to coast to coast volunteer their time to distribute poppies and raise millions that will support Veterans and their families in need. While Poppies are distributed freely, the Legion truly appreciates the generous donations to the Poppy Fund in support of serving and retired Veterans and their families. 

Thank you for wearing a Poppy and supporting Canada’s Veterans

All help is greatly appreciated...Contact  Poppy Chairman John DeBoer to help in any way.... or leave a message @ 905-885-6585

The Legion at work in Ontario - Facts

(Fiscal Year 2015-2016-Updated as of May 2017)


  • There were 403 Branches, with a total membership of over 100,000 (97% of Ontario Command Branches responded to this survey)
  • For the year 2016- Grants from Poppy funds to Ex-Service Personnel and their dependents totaled $800,814.39
  • Additional funds spent on Veterans Programs for 2016 totaled over $306,000.00
  • Money spent on Medical equipment and research totaled over $1.3 million
  • Not including funds spent on Veterans-over $341,000.00 was used for Seniors Programs
  • Funding was provided for Provincial Service Bureaus, for Provincial Service Officers to assist all Veterans - currently serving and ex-service personnel with pension applications, benefit concerns, on an ongoing basis - free of charge
  • Ontario Provincial Command Branches and Ladies Auxiliaries Charitable Foundation approved $499,094.00 to Ontario communities in 2016.  Since its inception in 1979, donations approved amounted to over $15,837,600.00 to various Hospitals, Health Clinics, Homes for the Aged and Charities in communities throughout Ontario.
  • Through our Bursary program in the 2016-17 academic year, a total of 465 applications were awarded to students in need for post-secondary education in the amount of $232,500.00 in the Province of Ontario. Since the academic years of 2002-03 to 2016-17, our Bursary program has made a total of 11,032 awards totaling $5,451,825.00
  • Additional Bursaries from Poppy Trust funds were awarded in the amount of $666,330.70
  • Other donations were made from Poppy Trust funds in the amunt of $5,307,456.13
  • Sponsors and failitates low rental housing for senior citizens
  • Branch and Ladies Auxiliary members visit Veterans in hospitals and continue to supply comforts and entertainment to enhance their quality of life
  • Continued to support Boy Scouts, Girl Guides, Ary/Air/Sea Cadets and other Youth Programs in excess of $1.6 million
  • Other donations to local charities amount to over $1.2 million, not from Poppy Trust Funds.
  • Donations to local Community projects totaled over $1.6 million
  • Total donations made to the Homeless Veterans Program - "Operation:Leave the Streets Behind" amount to over $1.550,000.00.  As of April 2017, over 500 Veterans have been assisted.
  • Ontario Command Members annually put in over 422,200 volunteer hours
  • In 2016 Ontario Command Branches had over 6650 volunteer staff and employed over 1500 full time and part-time staff
  • Ontario Command Branches offered their facilities free of charge to community groups for over 26,400 occasions in 2016


  • For further information please visit the Ontario Provincial Command website @ www.on.legion.ca

Brief History of Legion Week

 In 1953, a group of comrades from the Hon. Ray Lawson Branch #28, Kent, Ontario and the Cpl. Harry Miner, VC, Branch #185 Blenheim, Ontario, got together to discuss how they may possibly spread the word of exactly what the Legion is all about within their respective communities. In that same year, the first "Legion Week" was hosted by Branch #113, Dresden, Ontario with an "Open House", inviting the general public to come in and learn for themselves exactly what goes on within a branch and what the branch in turn does for the community. 

Decoration Day

Join us - August 13th 2017 - 2pm @ Union & St John's Cemetery

 “We will remember them” is a call heard at many military memorial ceremonies and parades, but it was only in 1931 that Ottawa passed an act permanently fixing Canada’s national military memorial day to the anniversary of Armistice Day, Nov. 11, 1918, marking the end of the Great War. The day was named Remembrance Day. The same act moved Thanksgiving to October from its traditional November date, still adhered to by our American neighbours.
 

The 1931 Armistice Remembrance Day Act became an inauspicious memorial to those who died in what was called at the time “the war to end all wars.” As the poet W.H. Auden wrote, the 1930s were “a low dishonest decade” in which “clever hopes expired.” The decade ushered in the Second World War, which was infinitely more savage and apocalyptic than the first. It was appropriate to commemorate those killed in that futile First World War with symbolic artificial paper poppies under tombstone-cold grey skies of November.
 

But for 30 years before, Canadians had a different memorial called Decoration Day in which we commemorated our war dead with the laying of real flowers, not in the hopeless gloom of November but in the warm light and optimism of late spring or in summer, often on the weekend closest to June 2, the anniversary of Canada's forgotten first modern battle, the Battle of Ridgeway in 1866.

 On Decoration Day, Canadians gathered at war monuments, tended to soldiers’ graves after the ravages of winter and “decorated” them with flowers, wreaths and garlands, prayed that their sacrifices were not in vain and that we had come to be worthy of them. Veterans were showered in flowers as they passed, escorted by phalanxes of children. It was a popular communion of young and old with the souls of our fallen soldiers in a celebration of hope, life and rebirth. We remembered and we remembered well.
 

Sadly, politics trumped memory. Decoration Day began as a protest in 1890 by forgotten veterans who had fought in the Battle of Ridgeway but received no acknowledgement from the Canadian government. Nine soldiers were killed in the battle, including three University of Toronto student volunteer riflemen plucked from their final exams the day before and thrown into combat against Irish-American Fenian insurgents who had invaded Canada across the Niagara River near Fort Erie.
 

The Ridgeway Nine are the modern Canadian military’s first nine combat casualties, but the boys killed that day were quickly forgotten by the bungling politicians in Ottawa who had sent them to their deaths, as were another 22 soldiers who later died from wounds and disease contracted on service during the Fenian Raids that summer in 1866 


 By 1890, frustrated with being forgotten for nearly 25 years, the surviving middle-aged veterans protested on the June 2 anniversary of Ridgeway by laying flowers and wreaths at the Canadian Volunteers Monument near Queen’s Park, Toronto’s oldest standing public monument. The event became Decoration Day, an annual tradition that endured until 1930 and is still commemorated today in some communities in the Niagara-Welland-Fort Erie region where the 1866 battle was fought.
 

Decoration Day eventually included Canadian soldiers killed in the Northwest Rebellion of 1885, and the South African War (Boer War) of 1899-1902, and the even the Great War, whose casualties were commemorated in June before there was any armistice in November of 1918.
 

When Remembrance Day was established in 1931, with only a few surviving Fenian Raid veterans remaining to remind Ottawa of its historical bungling, the embarrassing memory of our first fallen soldiers was purged from our national heritage and from the Remembrance Day commemoration. Today, they’re not even listed in our National Books of Remembrance, and few in Canada have even heard of the Battle of Ridgeway.
 

Until recently, Canada’s Veterans Affairs website used to state that Remembrance Day only “commemorates Canadians who died in service to Canada from the South African War to current missions.” Now, some Veterans Affairs web pages have begun to purge the South African War casualties, proclaiming that, on Remembrance Day, “we honour those who fought for Canada in the First World War (1914-1918), the Second World War (1939-1945), and the Korean War (1950-1953), as well as those who have served since then.” This is a further erosion of our historical memory of sacrifices that should never be forgotten no matter how long ago they might have been made.
 

With the recent death of the last surviving veteran of the First World War, tomorrow may see the memory of those sacrifices thoughtlessly deleted from our national heritage. And the day after tomorrow, our Second World War and Korean War fallen may be as easily forgotten, and it will be left to us to explain to our children what Nov. 11 used to signify and why we fought those wars.
 

Remembrance must be forever. Veterans Affairs needs to permanently restore the memory of all our forgotten soldiers who fell in service for Canada, not just the more recent ones but beginning with our very first who we used to commemorate during Decoration Day, starting with the Ridgeway Nine.
 

Let’s all take one more day to remember, that warm sunny one in June. Let’s revive Decoration Day and place a living flower on a soldier’s grave, tend to it tenderly, embrace a veteran and thank them for those better summers of our liberty and prosperity that define this great nation we call Canada. One more day is surely not asking too much to acknowledge entire lives given. Let’s remain true to our promise, “We will remember them.”     
 


The Piling of the Drums

    The ancient ceremony of the Piling of the Drums had its origins where new banners or colors were presented. Colors have always been regarded with great reverence. Historians record that Colors have been associated with religion from the earliest times. Israelites carried the social standard of the Maccabees which bore the initial letter of the Hebrew text. These early associations linking religion with the battle flags and standards have their counterpart in the ceremonial attached to Colours today. Many Commonwealth countries adopted the British custom for the consecration of the Colors prior to the presentation to the Units. The drums are traditionally piled to provide an altar for the consecration. The drums are brought forward and piled in the center. The pile consists of five side drums in a circle with the emblazoning the right way up, facing outwards. The bass drum is laid on the side drums and a tenor drum on top, both with the center of the emblazoning facing the person blessing the Colors. The Colors are then draped on the pile for the consecration, the pikes resting on the hoop to retain the Colors pikes in position. There is no drill laid down for the piling drums, but the drummers concerned normally turn to their left and right and marches out in a single file, forming a circle around the designated spot, turn inwards and arrange their instruments in the center. After the Colors have been consecrated, the drums are recovered in the same way. The   Colors after being blessed by the various religious leaders, is handed over to the visiting dignitary , who will present the newly consecrated Colors to the CO / Commander of the Unit. The Colors are then trooped.   


    

 Many, many years ago when soldiers were in the field there were no altars on which to hold religious services, so the soldiers would pile their drums neatly to make an altar and drape the drums with their standards [flags]. A clergyman would then consecrate the 'altar' and celebrate inter-faith religious services for the soldiers. 

In modern times the Legion honours those military personnel who died in all the wars by carrying on the tradition of the Drum Head Service of Remembrance.  

Contact Us

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Royal Canadian Legion Branch 30 Port Hope

29A Thomas Street, Port Hope, ON L1A 3V9, CA

(905) 885-6585 or Email - br30rcl@hotmail.ca

Hours

Monday - closed

Tuesday - Saturday - open at 1pm

Sunday - Closed except during an Event