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Royal Canadian Legion Branch 30

 29A Thomas St, Box 3,

Port Hope, ON

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

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 on end of event if hall left clean after event.

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

Call Us- 905-885-6585


  You can book the Port Hope Legion Hall for  many types of receptions and private parties. 

 The cozy "feels like home" 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 ,by email @ or stop in and see us and our staff will happily assist you with your questions or booking.

Enquiry sheets and Booking forms available at the bar.




 Supporting Veterans, promoting Remembrance and helping our communities is our duty. We are dedicated to supporting Veterans and their families in need, honouring those who sacrificed for our country and providing essential services within our communities. 

The Legion serves all Veterans

The Royal Canadian Legion was founded by Veterans and for Veterans. We advocate for the care and benefits for all who served Canada, regardless of when or where they served. The Legion also provides representation and assistance to Veterans, including currently serving Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP, and their families, and access to our services is available to them at no cost, whether or not they are Legion members. The Legion helps thousands of Veterans each year and makes significant positive changes in their lives. 

The Legion exists so that Canada never forgets

The Legion understands the importance of honouring past sacrifices and acknowledging the courage of those who served and still serve today. Through Remembrance Day ceremonies, the Poppy campaigncommemorative activitiesyouth education programs and more, the Legion helps Canadians to honour and remember.

The Legion serves our communities and our country

Legion Branches are the cornerstone of communities across Canada, and provide one of the largest volunteer bases in the country. With 1,400 Branches from coast to coast to coast, our members provide local services and supports to build a stronger Canada. Whether helping local Veterans, supporting seniors, providing youth sports programs, raising funds, volunteering to help those in need, or simply offering a place to gather for fun and celebration, Legionnaires provide essential services in their communities.

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 small weddings, celebrations of life, dinners, birthday parties, showers, 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 cozy "feels like home" 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 ,by email @ or stop in and see us and our staff will happily assist you with your questions or booking.

Enquiry sheets and Booking forms available at the bar.


General Meetings

Sunday June 9th, 2019

No July Meeting - Summer Break

No August Meeting - Summer Break

Sunday September 8th, 2019

Sunday October 13th, 2019

Sunday November 10th, 2019

Sunday December 8th, 2019

Sunday January 12th, 2020

Sunday February 9th, 2020

Sunday March 8th,2020

Sunday April 12th, 2020

Sunday May 10th, 2020

Sunday June 14th, 2020

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 2019-20

  •  President/Membership/Leadership Development-Andre Labrosse
  • Past President/Bursary-Wayne Byers
  • 1st Vice/Sports/Cemetery & Last Post- Bill Hodges
  • 2nd Vice/Special Events-Ford Underwood
  • 3rd Vice/Veteran's Services/Band-Allan Wilson
  • Secretary/Honours & Awards-Jean Kimball
  • Treasurer-Heather Boerrichter
  • Sergeant-at-Arms-Bob Cancilla
  • Chaplain-Padre William Service
  • Poppy Chair/Property-John DeBoer
  • Ways & Means,Sick & Visitation - Melodie Hodges
  • Youth & Education - Pat Underwood
  • Nevada - Sarah Calnan
  • Bar Chair, Cenotaph Beautification Chair - Wayne Stephens

 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


Michele Roemer 

Cindy Greer




The recipient of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch # 30 Legionnaire of the Year Award for 2018 is a very worthy recipient, a Comrade who personifies the Legion. 

He assisted the Poppy Chairman with computer work and actively participated in the Poppy Campaign.

He designed a model of the Cenotaph 

This Member is a great ambassador of the Legion and promoter of all that we do in the community.

Fellow Comrades, please show your appreciation to the Legionnaire of the Year for 2019 …

Comrade Wayne Stephens!!!!!  

Congratulations  Wayne ,, 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 : Kathy Joachim

2nd Vice President : Patricia Honey

Secretary: Tracy Brown

Treasurer: Susan MacDonald

Sgt-at-Arms : Jean Tarrington

Sports Officier : Janet Watts

Executive : Sandra Bolton

                  Cathy Moore

Our Meetings are the second Tuesday of the Month - 7pm at the Legion.  


We are always looking for new members so if you have a little spare time or we are also always open to volunteers to help out with our events.  If you would like to join or become a volunteer please contact President Arlene Pettipas @ 905-885-8421 or call the legion at 905-885-6585 and join a rewarding organization.

Meeting Schedule 

Tuesday January 8th/19 @ 7pm

Tuesday February 12/19 @ 7pm

Tuesday March 12/19 @ 7pm

Tuesday April 9th/19 @ 7pm

Tuesday May 14th/19 @ 7PM - ELECTIONS

Tuesday June 11th/19 @ 7pm - POT LUCK

No Meetings in July & August 2019

Tuesday September 10th/19 @ 7pm

Tuesday October 8th/19 @ 7pm

Tuesday November 12th/19 @ 7pm

Tuesday December 10/19 @ 7pm


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 : 

Calendar of Events..

No upcoming events.

Port Hope Legion Presents & RecievesDonations

Presentation to Metis Veteran Wilmur J. Gagnon


 David Chartrand, (left)  Métis Nation’s minister responsible for veterans and president of the Manitoba Métis Federation has been working towards a statement like this for the last 20 years. And a heartfelt statement he made. Thank you for your service and we are so sorry that it took this time to honour you with what you deserve. Veteran Wilmer J. Gagnon was truly honoured with the apology and numerous gifts and with a brief speech, there was not a dry eye in the hall. 

Donation Presentation to NHH Cancer Clinic

 President Andre Labrosse, 3rd Vice Ford Underwood, Poppy Chair John DeBoer and Ways & Means/Seniors Chair Melodie Hodges present a cheque to Northumberland Hills Hospital from the Poppy Campaign in the amount of $7,200.00 for Dialysis Chairs for the Cancer Clinic.


Northumberland 89.7 FM receives RCL Media Award



The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 30 invited the staff and friends of Northumberland 89.7-CFWN and the Branch 30 Members to join us as we presented
with The Royal Canadian Legion Media Award for their wonderful and continuous support.

The Royal Canadian Legion Media Award
has been established by Dominion Command of The Royal Canadian Legion to recognize individuals or organizations from the media who show their support by publicizing the activities and work in the community of Legion Branches, Zones, Districts and Provincial Commands.
The members and officers of the Royal Canadian Legion commend the outstanding generosity, support and assistance that
has provided to

Donation to Community Care/Meals on Wheels/Food Share


Port Hope Legion executives Vice President Bill Hodges,  Melodie Hodges,Poppy Chair John DeBoer and President Andre Labrosse presented combined services

Community Care/Food Bank/Meals on Wheels will a $1,000 donation.

All of these groups provide such wonderful services to our local residents and we  are grateful for all they do and appreciate them very much and are proud to help in any way we can.

Donation to the Cadet Skeena/Iceland Excursion


President Andre Labrosse presented a cheque in the amount of $2,000.00 

which will go directly towards the fundraising efforts for the cadet Skeena/Iceland Excursion inOctober.

The " Catch the Ace " lottery is in support of the Skeena Sea Cadets and their trip to Iceland in Oct 2019 to participate in the 75th Anniversary Remembrance Commemoration Service, to honour the loss of their ship HMCS Skeena and 15 members of the crew. 

The Catch the Ace was won in week 41, and the Cadets along with other fundraising raised enough funds for this wond

Donation to the Coldest Night of the Year Event


Port Hope Legion and Caring Crew of Port Hope Legion Team Captain Janice Smalley presented The Coldest Night of the Year Event - Green Wood Coalition with a cheque for $2,000 . 

      Participants of the fifth annual Coldest Night of the Year event in Port Hope raised $53,100 to help people who are hurting, homeless and hungry.  

Green Wood Coalition is a street-level, charitable organization that uses a community model of caring to walk alongside people living with poverty, mental illness, addiction and other disability, in Port Hope, Ontario and area.

By offering a place of belonging, Green Wood is a radically inclusive community that honours the worth and the well-being of each person. Through intentional relationships and a culture of trust, we work together to find solutions to daily challenges and provide hope in the lives of our members.

Please consider joining us on February 22, 2020!

Coming Events/News

70's Trivia Night


Friday January 17th

70's Trivia Night


6 pm to 7 pm
Chili Dinner, Buns & Yummy Desserts


Trivia Time
All trivia teams will consist of no less than 2 and no more than 6 people !

Bring your friends for a fun evening with Quizmaster Brett!
Prizes for the winning team along with bragging rights!

Dinner and Trivia - $10.00 per person

Get your "70s" team, put your thinking caps on and come join us for a Fun and 70's Evening!

Call 905-885-6585 to register your team!

Moon Shot Euchre


 Sunday January 19th

Moon Shot Euchre 

(every 3rd Sunday of the month)

Register @ 12 noon

Play @ 1 pm 

$ 5.00

Prizes - 50/50 

Light Lunch - $ 3.00 

No partner required

Join us for Moon Shot Euchre 

Great afternoon of cards.

Roast Beef Dinner


Friday January 24th

The Thursday Night Dart League is hosting a

Roast Beef Dinner

complete with all the fixings followed by delicious desserts. 

Dinner starts at 6pm

$ 15.00 per person

Get your ticket at the the Legion or by calling 905-885-6585

Euchre Tournament


 Sunday January 26th

Euchre Tournament 

(every 4th Sunday of the month)

Register @ 12 noon

Play @ 1 pm

$5.00 per person


Pre-register by calling the Legion @ 905-885-6585 

Bring a partner or let us know if you need one 


Monday Night Darts & Cards


Monday Nights

Returning Monday January 13th!

Darts & Cards

2nd-3rd-4th Monday of the month

Come join up for a fun and relaxing evening of either darts or cards.  

Pre-register by calling the Legion @ 905-885-6585

Tuesday Night - Maritime Dart League


Tuesday Nights

Looking for 1 player...if interested please call the Legion @ 905-885-6585

Every Tuesday evening this wonderful group of dart players know as the Maritime Dart League join together for a couple hours of fun darts, friendly conversation, tons of laughs and lots of hugs.

It is a true pleasure having this group play weekly at the legion.


Wednesday Night - Progressive Euchre or Crib


Wednesday Nights



(Euchre starts December 4th, 2019)\

 Runs 6 Weeks on Wednesdays  

Register @ 6:30pm the 1st week

Play @ 7:00pm all other weeks

$ 20.00 for 6 weeks

 Partner not required - All welcome 


Thursday Night Dart League


Thursday Night 

@ 7pm

A new season begins on Thursday October 3rd.  

Registration nights - Thurs Sept 19th @ 7 pm & Thurs Sept 26th @ 7 pm.

Best Way to Spend a Thursday Night!

You must register before the League starts.  If unable to attend registration nights, please call Mel Hodges 905-373-0693.

Friday Night Meat Draws


  Every Friday Night 

@ 5 pm 

Go to Bar and pay $2.00 per entry to Bartender

· Bartender will have you draw a numbered tag from the bucket 

· Bartender will record your name and number/phone number on weekly sheet

· YOU will then put your tag into the Weekly Meat Draw box 

· Friday @ 5pm the Bartender will have 5 different people draw 5 numbered tags.

· The names beside the numbers on sheet are the Meat Draw Winners

· If not in attendance-Bartender will call winners

· Bartender will post winners names on the Board

Good Luck to Everyone !


Cenotaph Beautification



At the General Meeting of June 9th the  Cenotaph Notice of Motion was passed by the membership.

The motion approved the expenditure of funds for the beautification of the Cenotaph grounds at Memorial Park in Port Hope.

The total estimated cost will be approximately $100,000.00.

This amount will be offset with fund raising, donations, and the selling of monogrammed stones around the periphery of the walkway.  We will be initiating these fundraisers in the coming months.

Several years ago, the appropriate funds were approved and set aside for this project.

No new funds need to be allocated.\

Respectfully Yours,

RCL Branch 30

Centotaph Chairperson 

Wayne Stephens

RCL Branch 30 


 Andre Labrosse

“They served till death! Why not we?”

A huge Thank you to Comrade Wayne Stephens, the Cenotaph Chairperson for his wonderful model of the much anticipated Cenotaph beautification.  The model is on display and can be viewed at the Legion. 

Poppy Campaign 2018 Media Report



On behalf of Br # 30 Royal Canadian Legion Port Hope, I wish to Thank all the participants and contributors of our previous Poppy Campaign. 

 A total of $27,000 was raised.  

Expenses were approximately $ 4,900.

Donations to Veterans Programs, Bursaries, Youth Programs and other donations totalled $ 23,150.00 dollars.

A total of approximately $28,000.00 was spent.


Poppy Chair

John DeBoer

Member Service Awards


   Ordinary Members

30 Years - Peter M. Boileau

25 Years - Nancy E. Norman

20 Years - Daryell J. Bate

15 Years - Gil Carlson

10 Years - Jean Bryden

10 Years - Andre Labrosse

5 Years - Anthony Defosse

Associate Members

45 Years

Michael Hills

Jean Kimball

H. Tompkins

Jill Trotter

40 Years

Ronald Gauvin

R. Theresa Hawthorn

Melodie P. Hodges

Brent Nicholas

Patricia S. Stephens

35 Years

John A. Davidson

Neil Pemberton

30 Years

Bruce Collins

Lynn Richards

25 Years

Curt E. Brereton

Christopher F. Mitchell

Karen Wakely

20 Years 

Jack Whalen

Kim J.  Whalen

15 Years

Darrell Abrams

Dean Norman Bosnell

10 Years

Patricia Cook-Bosnell

5 Years

Joan Allison

James Gilmer

Nadine Parish

Doreen Reeves

Affiliate Members

15 Years - Larry Penton

10 Years - Noah Gosse

10 Years - Cordell Marshman

5 Years - Shawn Barchuk

5 Years - Sarah Jane Louise Calnan

5 Years - Scott Hall

5 Years - Mark Provost

If you were unable to attend the Dinner and Awards Presentation, please know you can pick up your service pins at the Legion bar after November 11th.

Thank you and Congrats to all.

Thank you to The Ring Of Fire:A Johnny Cash Experience


 A Wonderful night with The Ring of Fire: A Johnny Cash Experience....

Thank you for another fantastic fun filled enjoyable night ...The Guys in the Band( Andy, Dave, Joey,Dave), the Managers (Rick & Julie) and the girls who help all are all the best...

Thank you for all you do for the Royal Canadian Legion's... your efforts and support are so very much appreciated.

Until we meet again...........Thank you!!

Thank you to everyone who came and enjoyed the laughs, the fresh air, the stories and the GREAT MUSIC...


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!! 


I received a hand-written note today in the mail.  

Who does that?  Who takes the time to write a note, put it in an envelope, address it and put it in the mail?  Carol Collier, that's who.

Carol is extraordinary and with a family that is very special.  

Carol is a Memorial Cross Recipient: her son Sapper Brian Collier was killed in Afghanistan on July 20, 2010.  

Her note reads, "This is one of the magnets we created, as part of a fundraiser at the high school in Bradford, Ontario for 'Heart of a Hero Scholarship' in memory of Brian."

She goes on, "I think of you when I am in our gardens, and I hope all is well.  This is a picture of our handsome Brian. If there are any tree plantings along the Highway of Heroes and you need volunteers, we are here!"  Jim, Carol, Shannon, Jennine and Lauren Collier.  

A lump developed in my throat when I first read this.  

And I ask you, has this family not given enough to their country?  They lost their son and brother. And now, they want to plant trees on the Highway of Heroes.  

Perhaps the act of planting trees is cathartic for people who are dealing with loss.  We have several military service people who tell us this is true. We have claimed Corporal Nick Kerr as one of our own.  We don't have a special event without inviting him (by the way, Nick will be at our Aug 23rd golf tournament and will speak briefly about what our campaign means to him).  

Carol's note today reminds me of why we are planting 117,000 on the Highway of Heroes: one for each of Canada's war dead since 1812.  Another 1.8 million trees, one for each Canadian who volunteered for military service during times of war.

Carol Collier puts our campaign into a unique perspective.  The shortness of time since she lost her son in the Afghan conflict, a mere eight years, sharpens our sense of loss and reminds us that the price for freedom can't be wasted.  Or go unacknowledged.

That is what we are here for.
7,000 New Trees

I received other news this morning when our board member Tony DiGiovanni emailed our executive group to tell us that the City of Toronto will be partnering with us to plant 7000 trees at Highway 401 and Neilson Road this fall.   
Toronto has a limited supply of land for tree planting. Our relationship with the MTO has provided them with an opportunity to plant these trees on the Highway of Heroes, with some help from resources that our campaign has at its' disposal.

The City of Toronto will follow the planting protocols that we have adopted from Vineland Research and Innovation, to maximize the survival rate of trees planted.

It is a special day.

We make concrete plans to do what we set out to do over four years ago: to plant a living tribute to our fallen.

And we are reminded of why the effort and expense are so important.

Thank you Carol.  Thank you, Tony.

And thank YOU for your ongoing support of our campaign.

Please. family and friends- consider donating today at

Sincerely yours,

Mark Cullen
Campaign Chair & Co-Founder, 
Highway of Heroes 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

Decoration Day-Sun Aug 11th @ 2 pm-Legion Patio Gardens


We invite everyone to join us 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. Remembrance must be forever We will Remember them

 “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.  

D-Day June 6, 1944- June 6, 2019 - 75th Anniversary




 Brief History of D-Day


D-Day was the start of the Battle of Normandy.

And the beginning of the end.

Allied soldiers — British, American, Canadian — came together in an extraordinary naval, air and land campaign to reclaim Europe from the Nazis, an effort that put thousands of troops on the beaches of Northern France on D-Day: June 6, 1944.

The major invasion (code name: Operation Overlord) that began June 6 continued with the German army flailing at Falaise in mid-August and ended August 25 with the liberation of Paris.

Eleven months after D-Day, on May 7, 1945, Germany surrendered.

D-Day itself was the largest ever invasion by sea (code name for that part: Operation Neptune) in the history of warfare. It gave Allied forces a foothold on the coast of France. Within a few weeks a million soldiers were on those beaches, pushing inland into France to begin liberating Europe.


Normandy is one of the 18 different regions of France. The area is in the northwest of the country, and known for its beautiful beaches — which sit across the Channel from England.

For the D-Day invasion, five beach areas in Normandy were code-named Juno, Sword, Gold, Utah and Omaha. Juno Beach is where Canadian troops landed; the Americans were on Omaha and Utah; the British on Gold and Sword.

The toughest landings were on Omaha and Juno. Ocean reefs briefly held up the landing on Juno and Canadian soldiers initially came onto the beach with no tank support. The men were sitting ducks. Canadian troops nonetheless distinguished themselves that day by advancing seven miles inland — farthest of all the Allies.


D-Day required an unparalleled cooperative effort: besides the American, Canadian and British troops storming the beaches, soldiers offering land, sea and air support came from France, Belgium, Holland, Australia, New Zealand, Greece, Norway, Poland, Czechoslovakia and Rhodesia.

Some 150,000 Allied soldiers were part of D-Day, and 14,000 of them were the Canadians who landed on Juno Beach. The men were from the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division and the 2nd Canadian Armoured Brigade.

(About 450 men from the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion had dropped into France before dawn, part of the advance arm of D-Day.)

On D-Day, 359 Canadians died; about 5,000 in total died during the fighting in Normandy.

According to an analysis, their average age was 23.


The original date of D-Day was June 5, but the weather turned.

The mission required a full moon to help light the way for advance aircraft, among other things, and a low-ish tide, so landing craft could see the mines and detritus planted near the shore by the German army.

Only a few days each month fit the moon/tide bill.

On June 5, high winds and low clouds cancelled any potential action by sea or air. A crisis was averted when chief meteorologist James Stagg and Norwegian meteorologist Sverre Petterssen were able to predict a reasonable weather window June 6.

General Eisenhower ordered the D-Day invasion to go ahead.

The weather forecast was crucial — not just because the Allies got it right, but because the Germans got it wrong. They knew an Allied invasion was likely, but they didn’t know when. German meteorologists believed stormy weather around June 5 and 6 made an invasion impossible, so they slacked off; troops were unprepared, senior officers were elsewhere and the ‘Desert Fox’ — Field Marshall Erwin Rommel — went home to Germany for his wife’s birthday.

The rest is, um, history.


D-Day and the Battle of Normandy were about regaining control of Europe, ending the war and safeguarding the freedoms we all currently enjoy.

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Ask a Historian

Terry Copp is one of Canada’s foremost military historians.

For over 50 years he was a university professor, and he is co-founder and Director Emeritus of the Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies — a national leading research centre studying the impact of war on society.

Copp is the author or co-author of some 20 books, including the ‘bible’ of the Canadian D-Day effort, Fields of Fire: The Canadians in Normandy.

His meticulous research established the importance of the contribution made by this country’s forces in Normandy.

We asked Professor Copp about the most important thing Canadians should know about D-Day. He said:

“The selection of 3rd Canadian division and 2nd Canadian Armoured Brigade as the core of Force ‘J’ to land on D-Day at Juno, was a consequence of the key role Canada played in the Second World War.”

“D-Day began the campaign that ended the war in the west, completing the struggle to liberate western Europe, and Canadians on land, sea and air were an important part of the story.”

Facts & Figures

As Allied troops massed along the south coast of England in preparation for D-Day, it took 4,000 cooks to keep them fed.

Every day, 20,000 tons of food, fuel, ammunition and equipment were required to keep 36 divisions running smoothly.

Besides 7,000 boats, D-Day involved 9900 aircraft and some 20,000 airborne troopers. 

There were about 5,000 landing craft, 289 escort vessels and 277 minesweepers

On the Allied side there were 23 infantry divisions, 12 armoured divisions and four airborne divisions involved.

Some 15,000 French citizens died during the fighting in Normandy.

The total of Allied and German deaths by August 30 was over 425,000.


To protect the coast against invasion, the Germans fortified Europe’s northern shore from Spain up to the North Sea — essentially building a 2,000 mile long ‘fence’ consisting of fortresses, gun emplacements, tank traps, bunkers and obstacles.

It took 2 years to build and involved millions of tons of steel and concrete, a forest of guns, barbed wire and booby-traps and five million mines. It cost a fortune in manpower and money.

And it was breached in a day: June 6, 1944.



5 Very Different Experiences: The D-Day Beaches 

The experiences of Allied troops landing on D-Day were very different. The paratroopers scattered by poor weather across hundreds of miles of countryside faced different challenges from those streaming off the boats onto the landing beaches. Even on those beaches, no two experiences were the same, differences in circumstances made each soldier’s experience a different battle.

5. Utah Beach

The American landings at Utah Beach were among the easiest, as the Germans had not prepared heavy defenses. Because of flooded land in the area, the Germans had not expected the Allies to land there, and so it was lightly defended. With three quarters of the trains and strategic bridges in northern France taken out by air raids and the French Resistance, there was little way for the Germans to respond to the landings

A massive bombardment by battleships, cruisers and destroyers shattered what defenses the Germans had. 32 amphibious tanks sailed two miles to the beach under cover of the bombardment, with only four of them lost on the way. With armor in place, the infantry followed, and found only light resistance.

Despite the 4th Infantry Division landing on the wrong beach, Utah was quickly taken. Safe routes through the minefields and obstacles were established within three hours, and the tanks moved on to take the causeways that would let them progress safely across the flooded areas.

4. Omaha Beach

By contrast, the other American landings, at Omaha Beach, were the toughest of the day. 300 yards of sand led to steep shingle and then a 150-foot plateau, with 100-foot cliffs blocking the ends of the beach. The veteran German 352ndInfantry Division were in strong defenses on the top of the plateau, and there were only four ways up it, all through narrow ravines. The only reason this difficult beach featured in the landings was to connect the rest into a single beachhead.

Poor visibility and choppy waters made the initial bombardment ineffective and sank all but four of the amphibious tanks that were the first wave. When the infantry hit shore, they disembarked into a deadly hail of fire. The obstacles the engineers were meant to clear instead became shelter for desperate men, as the sea and the beach ran red with blood.

To the east of the beach, troops made it ashore, some in the wrong place by accident, others finding cover in the smoke from fires lit by the artillery bombardment. Reaching the plateau, they prevented a German counter-attack on the beach, but the Germans were still well dug in.

Desperate measures were needed. Destroyers sailed so close that the Germans could shoot them with rifles. The ships bombarded the German positions, risking hitting the American troops in the process. At last the Germans surrendered, but the minefields and obstacles remained to be cleared. By the end of the day, the Americans had advanced only 1,200 yards at Omaha Beach, and the Germans were gathering beyond it for a counter-attack.

3. Gold Beach

The preparatory bombardment at Gold Beach, one of the British landing sites, made a huge difference. Three out of four heavy German guns at the Longues-sur-mer battery were taken out by direct hits from cruisers an hour before the troops hit the beach at 0725. The fourth gun managed to return to action in the afternoon, and another defensive position provided enfilading fire against the Allies for most of the day, but most of the defenses had been taken out.

The Germans held out in heavily fortified houses along the shore, which British infantry stormed before advancing inland. No. 47 Commando seized Port-en-Bessin the following day, providing access to a small port, and the Hampshire Regiment captured Arromanches, which would become the site of the vital Mulberry Harbour.

The only Victoria Cross awarded for action on D-Day went to Sergeant Major Stanley Hollis for action on Gold Beach. He single-handedly seized two pillboxes, capturing dozens of German troops, and rescued two of his men following an unsuccessful attack on an enemy position.

2. Juno Beach

Juno proved a tough landing. A reef off the coast held up the landing craft for half an hour, while they floated in sight of the German defenders. Amphibious and obstacle-clearing tanks, which should have gone in first to clear the way for the infantry, had to be held back because of the difficult conditions. As the infantry flowed ashore, they found themselves without armored support.

Once the tanks landed, a similar problem occurred again. Clearing the beach exits would take specialized armor that they didn’t have. Men and vehicles became backed up, sitting exposed on the beach.

The key breakthrough came at the east end of the beach. Heavy casualties were taken on the 100-yard dash to the sea wall there, until a ship came up to bombard the German defences. Almost grounding their vessel in the attempt, the ship’s crew blew a hole in the German lines, and the Canadians streamed through.

Despite this difficult start, the Canadians achieved the furthest advances on the first day, reaching seven miles inland after their breakout.

1. Sword

Sword Beach, near the mouth of the River Orne, was stormed by the 3rd Division of the British 1st Corps. Compared with the others, they had a relatively easy landing. Within an hour they had taken control of the beach and begun heading inland.

It was then that the troops from Sword found themselves challenged. The British role in the first days of the invasion was to halt and destroy the German Panzer troops around the city of Caen. To do this, the troops landing at Juno and Sword needed to link up with the 6th Airborne, who had landed around the Orne.

Two miles from Sword Beach, they were stopped in their tracks. The 21st Panzers, equipped with 88mm self-propelled guns and supported by German infantry, started putting up stiff resistance. The British 3rd Division had been trained extensively for fighting on the beaches, but now found itself fighting inland. It took them eight hours to adjust, push through the Germans, and reach the 6th Airborne. 

Sources: Nigel Cawthorne (2004), Turning the Tide: Decisive Battles of the Second World War.



Operation Overlord Statistics (As stated from Warfare History Network from the link-The total of Allied and German deaths by August 30 was over 425,000.)

The Normandy invasion consisted of the following:

· 5,333 Allied ships and landing craft embarking nearly 175,000 men.

· The British and Canadians put 75,215 British and Canadian troops ashore

· Americans: 57,500

· Total:132,715

· 3,400 were killed or missing.

The foregoing figures exclude approximately 20,000 Allied airborne troopers.

D-Day Casualties:

· The First U.S. Army, accounting for the first twenty-four hours in Normandy, tabulated 1,465 killed, 1,928 missing, and 6,603 wounded. The after-action report of U.S. VII Corps (ending 1 July) showed 22,119 casualties including 2,811 killed, 5,665 missing, 79 prisoners, and 13,564 wounded, including paratroopers.

· Canadian forces at Juno Beach sustained 946 casualties, of whom 335 were listed as killed.

· Surprisingly, no British figures were published, but Cornelius Ryan cites estimates of 2,500 to 3,000 killed, wounded, and missing, including 650 from the Sixth Airborne Division.

· German sources vary between four thousand and nine thousand D-Day casualties on 6 June—a range of 125 percent. Field Marshal Erwin Rommel’s report for all of June cited killed, wounded, and missing of some 250,000 men, including twenty-eight generals.

American Personnel in Britain:

· 1,931,885 land

· 659,554 air

· 285,000 naval

· Total:2,876,439 officers and men housed in 1,108 bases and camps

Divisions of the Allied forces for Operation Overlord (the assault forces on 6 June involved two U.S., two British, and one Canadian division.)

· 23 infantry divisions (thirteen U.S., eight British, two Canadian)

· 12 armored divisions (five U.S., four British, one each Canadian, French, and Polish)

· 4 airborne (two each U.S. and British)

· Total:23 American divisions, 14 British, 3 Canadian, 1 French and 1 Polish.

Air assets:

· 3,958 heavy bombers (3,455 operational)

· 1,234 medium and light bombers (989 operational)

· 4,709 fighters (3,824 operational)

· Total: 9,901 (8,268 operational).

German troops:

· 850,000 German troops awaiting the invasion, many were Eastern European conscripts; there were even some Koreans.

· In Normandy itself the Germans had deployed 80,000 troops, but only one panzer division.

· 60 infantry divisions in France and ten panzer divisions, possessing 1,552 tanks,In Normandy itself the Germans had deployed eighty thousand troops, but only one panzer division.

Approximately fifteen thousand French civilians died in the Normandy campaign, partly from Allied bombing and partly from combat actions of Allied and German ground forces.

The total number of casualties that occurred during Operation Overlord, from June 6 (the date of D-Day) to August 30 (when German forces retreated across the Seine) was over 425,000 Allied and German troops. This figure includes over 209,000 Allied casualties:

· Nearly 37,000 dead amongst the ground forces

· 16,714 deaths amongst the Allied air forces.

· Of the Allied casualties, 83,045 were from 21st Army Group (British, Canadian and Polish ground forces)

· 125,847 from the US ground forces.

But the numbers alone don’t tell the full story of the battle that raged in Normandy on June 6th, 1944 ☹

The information is copied from the Sun and Warfare History Network.

Wounded Warriors Canada


Thanks to your generous donations to the Poppy Fund during the Poppy Campaign and year-round, programs that help Veterans and their families are able to become a reality. Ontario’s Operation Service Dog is one of them.

In April 2018, The Royal Canadian Legion Ontario Command partnered with Wounded Warriors Canada (WWC) and donated Poppy Funds to support the national WWC PTSD Service Dog Program and expand the program within Ontario. Following the partnership, Operation Service Dog was born.

Operation Service Dog ensures Veterans in Ontario are paired with dogs that meet nationally set standards and criteria taken from the best available standards practiced in the country.

The program is already helping Veterans in need and WWC has been able to facilitate the placement of 11 PTSD Service Dogs to Ontario Veterans, with approximately 30 others currently situated in the training process! 

One of these placements occurred between a Veteran named Molly and her black lab named Whitney, in the summer of 2019.

For this team it was love at first sight. “Whitney has made more of a difference in my life than I ever thought possible,” says Molly. “When I have a nightmare, I toss and talk in my sleep and Whitney hops up on the bed and licks my neck and she will lay over my legs and feet until I’ve calmed down.”

According to the Veterans Affairs Canada PTSD Service Dog study completed last year, “Having a service dog increases the Veteran’s outings to carry our daily living activities and also increases participation in family-oriented activities.”

For Molly, this has been one of the biggest benefits of having her service dog. Where she once only ventured out a couple times a month accompanied by family members, she is now going out alone with Whitney several times a week.She is now shopping, going to appointments or taking her young grand-daughter out for some one-on-one time.

“It is so much fun for all of us to be out together with Whitney taking care of all of us.”

Because of your donations to the Poppy Fund, Operation Service Dog is profoundly impacting the lives of Veterans and their families. Thank you for your continued support!

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