Royal Canadian Legion
Branch 30

29A Thomas St

Port Hope, Ontario.

L1A 3V9



Port Hope Legion Hall Rental

Member Hall Rental Rate

Member Rate - $ 113.00 

Taxes included

Non-Member Rental Rate

Non-Member Rate - $ 169.50

Taxes included

Celebration of Life Rental Rate

Member & Non-Member Rate - $ 113.00

Taxes included 

Booking Deposit

Booking Deposit of $ 50.00 due at time of booking 

Deposit will come off balance that is due the day of event booking.

Booking Deposit is Non-refundable

Call Us - 905-885-6585


 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. 

Outdoor patio for summer months enjoyment.

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 @  and our staff will happily assist you with your questions or booking.

Enquiry sheets and Booking forms available at the bar.

Kitchen-Clean up Deposit

Kitchen/Cleanup Deposit of $ 25.00 due at time of booking

Seperate cheque from booking deposit

Will be refunded by bartender at end of event if hall left clean after event.

If hall left in disarray/uncleaned - the deposit will be cashed.

Coming Event/News

Legionnaire of the Year Award

 Last year's recipient : Andre Labrosse

It is that time of the year again to put forth your recommendations for          Legionnaire of the Year !

Members are encouraged to nominate any member in good standings that  has shown exemplary commitment to the branch, going above and beyond their contributing duties.  

Nomination forms are beside the locked box in the corner of hall by the flags.  

Forms should be filled out with nominated person’s full name, your name and signature and the reasons you feel this person should be receive this award.  

Place completed form in a sealed envelope to the attention of the Honours & Awards Committee in the locked box.

Deadline for nominations will be at the General Meeting on Sunday April 8th, 2018.

The Honours & Awards Committee will meet and decide the winner,

General Meeting - Sunday April 8th, 2018 @ 2 pm.


Branch Executive Nominations & Elections


Nominations for your new Branch Officers and Executive can be submitted at the General Meetings of Sunday April 8th, 2018 and Sunday May 13,12018. 

Port Hope Branch 30 Legion Members are welcome to and encouraged to nominate any member who is in good standing and is a current paid member. 

To serve on the Executive you must have been a member for at least 1 year.

Elections for your new Branch Officers and Executive will take place at the General Meeting on May 13th, 2018 (unless posted and members notified in advance) once all nominations have been submitted.


All Port Hope Branch 30 Legion Members are encouraged to attend the May General meeting to help elect your new Executive.

Branch Officers & Executive to be elected:

  • President
  • 1st Vice      President
  • 2nd Vice      President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Sergeant-at-Arms 
  • Padre
  • 6 Executive

Branch Committees to be filled by the Executive:

  • Membership
  • Poppy Fund
  • Youth Education
  • Sports
  • Bursary 
  • Honours & Awards
  • Bar Chairman
  • Sick & Visitation
  • Property Chair
  • Ways &      Means/Entertainment
  • Nevada
  • Liaison to Ladies Auxiliary
  • Cemetery & Last Post
  • Hall Rentals
  • Public Relations
  • Service Officer
  • Training or Development (TOD)

The Executive volunteer their time, knowledge, skills and hearts to help support Branch 30 so please consider donating some of your time by becoming an  Executive member this year.


Many hands make light work definition: Large tasks become small when divided among several people.

If you require further information, please contact the branch @

or call  905-885-6585.


Progressive Euchre-Crib


Runs 6 Weeks on Wednesdays  


Register @ 6:30pm Play @ 7:00pm 

$ 18.00 for 6 weeks

 Partner not required - All welcome 



Thank you !

Most members do not realize the money raised by each of these events.

Moonshot Euchre 

Progressive Euchre-Crib 

Euchre Tournaments 

Dinner Events 

 Trivia Night

The members that host these events dedicate hours of their time and do all the organizing for these events in order to raise money for the Royal Canadian Legion 

Branch 30 Port Hope.  

How do we say thank you? 

When you come to an event...

Say Thank you to the members who are hosting..who are there setting up...who are there all day...who stay after to clean up....who never ask for recognition.

  Together we can let them all know how much we appreciate all they do.

Marg Reynolds-Moonshot Euchre

Brenda Durocher-Progressive Euchre-Crib

Bill & Mel Hodges- Euchre Tournaments

Quiz Master Brett & Dawn Cameron-Trivia Night

Many many members- Dinners

There are so many people beyond these shown that contribute and assist during these events

Thank you everyone for your dedication to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 30-Port Hope.

Roast Beef Dinner

Roast Beef Dinner hosted by

Ways & Means

Friday April 20th

     at  6pm

Delicious Roast Beef dinner with all the fixings followed by delicious Desserts

Tickets are $15.00 per person

Call 905-885-6585 to order your tickets or get your tickets in person at the bar.

Mmmmmmmmmm Good !

For further information contact Mel Hodges @ 905-373-0693



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 @  and our staff will happily assist you with your questions or booking.



Port Hope Legion Branch 30 Hall-Capacity of 110

Calendar of Events..

No upcoming events.

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


   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 Ladies Auxiliary Needs YOU ...

Joining the Ladies Auxilliary can be very rewarding...

We are looking for new members so if you have a little spare time, contact President Arlene Pettipas and join a rewarding organization.

Call 905-885-6585 and leave a message

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: 

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 : 

Youth Remembrance Contests

 Fostering Remembrance is a part of everything we do. Through The Royal Canadian Legion's longstanding Annual Poster and Literary Contests, Canadian school children honour Canada’s Veterans through creative art and writing, and help perpetuate Remembrance.  


The Legion encourages Canadian schools to promote Remembrance Day Ceremonies, and local Branches are often involved in supporting those ceremonies. Remembrance is also promoted through the Legion’s school-aged poster and literary contests. These contests see more than 100,000 students each year honour Canada’s Veterans through creative art and writing. As well, the Legion distributes Poppies and educational materials, and offers schools the opportunity to have a speaker share stories and experiences about Veterans and Remembrance with the children. 

Other local activities include:

· Commemorative ceremonies for youth

· Legion Youth Auxiliaries coordinated at the Branch level

· Support for Cadets, Scouts and Guides to strengthen their leadership and growth

· Partnership with Cadets to deliver Poppy campaign

· Encourage youth participation in Remembrance ceremonies 

· Youth scholarship and bursary programs, coordinated at the Branch level

Proud of our Port Hope & Area Schools


We are very happy and proud to announce that the following local schools participated in the Remembrance Contest for 2017.  

It was very difficult judging all the truly inspiring entries from the students and we thank each and every student that submitted an entry this year. We had 25 entries that went on to represent at Zone Level and have just been notified that 2 of our entries have finished in 2rd Place at Zone Level. Amazing. (we will post names once we get permission from the winner)

Thank you to all students, teachers and their schools for continuing to remember and honour our veterans.

Participating Schools

Ganaraska Trail Public School

Trinity College School

Dr M S Hawkins Senior Public School 

North Hope Central Public School 

Dr M S Hawkins Senior Public School 

St. Anthony Catholic Elementary School

Below you will find a few photos from school and student presentations to winners. 

(posted with permission)

Poppy Trust Fund Bursaries & Scholarships


The Royal Canadian Legion is committed to supporting Veterans and their families and offers financial assistance for post-secondary education to those in need. 

Poppy Trust Fund bursaries

As part of the Legion’s commitment to Veterans and their families, Legion Branches may grant bursaries through the Poppy Trust Fund to the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Veterans who need financial assistance to pursue a post-secondary education. These bursaries can make a difference for Veterans’ families and offers these children an opportunity to further their educational goals. Bursaries may be granted at any stage of a college or university program.

The Legion does not have a national-level bursary program. Local Branches and Provincial Commands develop their eligibility requirements, deadlines and application procedures. Contact the local Legion Branch in your area for further information and assistance.


As part of the Legion’s commitment to youth, many Branches award scholarships through their General Funds to recognize scholastic achievement and support youth in their community. Criteria for these funds are established by the Branch or Provincial Command.

For information on burrsaries and scholorships, please contact us.

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


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!! 



 "Hope is putting faith to work when doubting would be easier." ~Author Unknown


The idea was not ours. 

Corporal Nick Kerr came up with the idea of a 'challenge coin', as only he could. Nick is a living hero. He served in the Afghan war. He saw a lot of things that he would like to forget. And he attended the funerals of eight of his fellow service friends. 


One of them was his best friend, James Arnal. 


We have seen a lot of Corporal Kerr at our public tree plantings in the last couple of years. He has driven himself from Ottawa on several occasions now, just to plant trees with us.

 "I do this to help deal with my sense of loss" he explains. 

Nick has been diagnosed with PTSD and is finding his own, effective ways to deal with it.

 Planting trees is one. It is a privilege to plant trees with Nick and now I count him as a special friend, one of a few that I have made since engaging in the Highway of Heroes Tree Campaign. Through his experiences at our public tree plantings, Nick has found hope.


After a successful campaign to sell Canada 150 trees last year we were looking for a new idea that would engage Canadians in our efforts.

Something that reflects our commitment to the Canadian military while acknowledging the great, positive environmental impact of planting two million trees on and near the highway.

In the Canadian military a challenge coin is awarded for outstanding acts of duty. As Nick explains, "It is somewhere between a pat on the back and an official military metal.

" Many people in military service carry these coins with them everywhere they go. 

Sometimes they are exchanged between military personnel and on occasion a challenge coin will be offered up when off duty, while enjoying a beer or similar libation. If no one else at the table has a service coin, the person who has one is given a drink. If someone places a coin on the table that is of higher rank, that person is bought a drink.


We are not endorsing using our challenge coins to lever drinks from your friends, but we are suggesting that the idea of the coin has special significance to everyone who donates $150 or more. 

This coin is a token of our thanks for taking a crucial step in supporting our troops: the fallen, the volunteers of the past and our military personnel today.

 This is our way of saying thank YOU for your commitment. 

Thank YOU for spreading the word about the Highway of Heroes Tree Campaign.

Each coin is numbered and only 500 of them were minted. To date we have sold almost 200. I would advise that you get your order in soon if you would like one. Or more.

 Like planting trees to honour friends and our fallen, this challenge coin is a symbol of the triumph of hope.

 Sincerely yours,


 Mark Cullen

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 @

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.  

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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 -


Monday - closed

Tuesday - Saturday - open at 1pm

Sunday - Closed except during an Event