Catherine has been a great resource for the Legion. Helping with numerious projects for the Artifacts Committee.
We have been trying for a few months to track down this very busy young lady. To present her with a Legion Certificate of Appreciation for all of her hard work while here on a co-op assignment. We hope to have her help out again when she is available. A avid historian herself. She was a great addition to the research and artifact groups of the Legion. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors. Great Job, Bravo Zulu.
From left to right in photo: Howie Johnston, Catherine Cadigan, Claus Reuter, & Bill Neville.
Come out & have a great evening honouring our Veterans & Legion members
Our Special Events Chair Comrade Rob McDougall would like to thanks all who helped out with the Honours and Awards Dinner. Congratulations to all the recipients. Especially Comrade Claus Reuter for receiving the Legionnaire of the Year Award.
Claus Reuter receiving the Legionnaire of the Year award
Our Poppy campaign has been another successful event for this year for our legion
Will be starting on the 29th October until 10th November 2018. Come out and help/sign up with our Poppy Drive before Remembrance Day on November 11th.
Contributions received from the Poppy campaign directly support Veterans and their families, and ensure Canada never forgets.
Promoting Remembrance is part of The Royal Canadian Legion’s mission and has been one of our principal objectives since our inception. The Legion inspires Canadians to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, and to honour those who served and continue to serve today. Remembrance is a year-long commitment and we endeavour to promote it through a number of programs, services and resources.
Poppy Trust Funds
Your contributions directly support Canada’s Veterans and their families, while ensuring Canada never forgets.
Use of Poppy Trust Funds
Through your donations to the Legion Poppy Fund, the Legion provides financial assistance and support to Veterans, including Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP, and their families who are in need. Poppy Funds may be used for:
Grants for food, heating costs, clothing, prescription medication, medical appliances and equipment, essential home repairs and emergency shelter or assistance for Veterans and their families in need
Housing accommodation and care facilities for Veterans
Funding for Veteran Transition Programs that are directly related to the training, education and support needs of Veterans and their families
Comforts for Veterans and their surviving spouses who are hospitalized and in need
Veterans visits, transportation, reading programs and day trips
Accessibility modifications to assist Veterans with disabilities
Educational bursaries for children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Veterans
Support of cadet units
Community drop-in centres, meals-on-wheels, and seniors services in communities where Veterans would benefit
Community medical appliances, medical training and medical research which will assist in the care of Veterans in the community
Support the work of Legion Command and Branch Service Officers across Canada in assisting and representing Veterans
Donations for relief of disasters declared by federal or provincial governments which impact Veteran in those communities
Promotion and administering of Remembrance activities to ensure Canadians never forget the sacrifices of Canada’s Veterans
Poppy Trust Fund Administration
The Poppy Campaign is organized and run by local Legion volunteers at over 1400 branches across Canada and abroad. Poppy Funds are held in trust at every level of the Legion and the use of these trust funds are strictly controlled, with appropriate approval processes. Branch executives are accountable for Poppy Fund expenditures and are required to inform the public through local media of the results of their campaign, including contributions received and disposition of funds. You may contact your local Legion branch to request information on their Poppy Campaign.
Details on the Poppy Trust Fund can be found in the Legion`s Poppy Manual.
Supporting Veterans Every Day
Thank you for your donations to the Poppy Fund. Through your generosity, the Legion helps all of Canada’s Veterans.
Did you know you can support Veterans year-round by becoming a member of the Legion? Join today!
The Lindsay Legion would like to thank the Kent Street Tattoo for another sucessful fund raiser on Remembrance Day November 11th
Kent Street Tattoo here in Lindsay has had another Remembrance Day Fundraiser for the Poppy Fund.
All of their proceeds form tattooing a Poppy/Poppies for their customers goes to the Lindsay Legion Poppy Fund. They worked all day for the Poppy Fund which goes to the support of Veterans and their Families. Their total for the day was $2115 which brings our overall total for the last 4 years to $8065.
Kent street Tattoo has been in business for 5 years.
The Lindsay Legion thanks everyone who came out and got tattooed or bought a t-shirt.
Get in on the Early Bird for membership for the Legion for 2019
The Early Bird rate for membership renewal will be done on 30 November 2018. If you have already renewed please disregard this reminder. For all those that have not, you can renew at the Office, Monday to Friday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.
Sept. 1/18 to Nov. 30/18………………$55.00
December 1/18 to Dec. 31/18………$60.00
January 1/19 to Aug. 31/19…………..$65.00
With over 5 (five) years at this Branch and over 70 years of age:
Early Bird Sept. 1/18 to Nov. 30/18….$50.00
December 1/18 to December 31/18…$55.00
January 1/19 to August 31/19…….......$60.00
ATTENTION ALL MEMBERS
If you have changed your address, phone number, email address or any other information could you please submit a change of information form so we can update your records. You can call the office at 705-324-2613 or mail the information to Royal Canadian Legion, 12 York St. N., Lindsay, Ont., K9V 3Z6 or bring it in to the Office.
James Cameron, Membership Chairman Br. 67 Lindsay, Ont.
CHANGE OF INFORMATION REQUEST
Full Name: _________________________________________________________
Gordon Gibbins, Joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1941 at age 17. Trained as a Anti-Submarine Detection Investigation Committee ASDIC (Pinger) or better known as Sonar Operator in later ships. Sailed on HMCS Sans Peur, HMCS Kootenay, D-Day support, HMCS Trentonian, in the Battle of the Atlantic. Gord survived the sinking of HMCS Trentonian on 22 February 1945 protecting a convoy in the North Atlantic.
We just heard Gord crossed the bar May 2, 2018. One of a few of our World War II Veterans. He will be sadly missed by all that the Lindsay Legion. We send our condolences to his family.
Peter Healey, Joined the Royal Air Force in 1943 at age 19. Trained as a pilot/Navigator/Bomb aimer. Peter then re-mustered to be the tail gunner. One of 7 members in a crew. Flew Wellington 2 engine Bomber, B24 Liberator 4 engine Bomber, and the famous Lancaster 4 engine bomber. Peter saw action over Egypt, Palestine, Israel, Italy, and was preparing to go to Japan when the war ended.
Bill Laidley Joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1943 at the age of 16 years old. He joined the Lindsay Legion with his father when he was home on leave during the war and he is still a member today. During the war he served on the HMCS St Pierre K680 as a Marine Engineer (stoker) doing convoy escort.
Bill told us this interesting story about his naval experience in World War 2. As the war was winding down his ship was slotted for a convoy escort JW67 heading form Greenock Scotland going to north Russia. As they where proceeding to Russia they where diverted, ordered to rendezvous with and escort German Submarines that had capitulated off the southern coast of Norway and take them back to Scotland under the agreed surrender conditions.
While underway in a fjord in the north of Scotland. Bill had completed his duty watch form the engine room around 2300 (11pm) he headed topside coming out on the 12-pounder gun deck. He noticed that the submarine tied up along side (abreast) of his ship and the conning tower of the captured submarine was at his deck level. Up until that time he had never seen a German Submarine up close. While he was standing there looking at the submarine, the captain of the submarine came up onto the coning tower and Bill said to the captain “how are you tonight sir” to his absolute surprise in perfect English the captain said “I’m fine how are you” Bill then said to the captain “ you can speak good English” The captain then replied “ He had studied in McGill university in Montréal and was a helmsman on the Taddy Shack ship during the summer months and just before war broke out he headed back to Germany with all of the charts of the St Lawrence river and seaway”. The conversation ended abruptly as someone came up to the conning tower from below. At the time he said he had never heard of Pierre Trudeau and wondered if he was sympathetic to the Nazi’s cause?
Douglas Louch, Joined Royal Canadian Navy April 1949. Was trained as a Communications Operator (Com Ops) Served on HMCS LaHulloise (frigate), HMCS Crescent (destroyer), HMCS Prestoian (frigate), HMCS Chignecto, (Minesweeper). HMCS Iroquois destined for the Korean War. On an operation near Songjin, North Korea, took on enemy fire killing 3 and wounding 10. This was the only casualties to the RCN for the Korean War. Reenlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force 1954 as a Radio Operator. Many postings. Retired form the CAF in December 1975. Lastly Joined the Canadian Coast Guard.
Philip N Lilly, Joined the Royal Canadian Air Force Police (Military Police) in 1956 until 1966. Philip Lilly, was a teacher, Hospital CEO, and now a snow bird in the winter. Was an active member in the Legions over the years.
Don Scott, Was in the Royal Canadian Navy as a Marine Engineer (Stoker) He owns a roofing company here in Lindsay.
Ed Baker, Enlisted in the Army in June 1953. Served with the Royal Canadian Signal Corps with a multitude of different jobs. Honorable discharged in 1956. Ed has been a active member of Sir Sam Hughes Legion Branch 67 and Highland Creek Legion Branch 258 for 35 years.
Charles Olito, Joined the Royal Air Force in 1948 1956. Trained as a Cpl Wireless Fitter. Three years posted Air Scientific Recovery (Security) Unit, (ASRU) 1954 Wing Commanders Office Selecting (Radio) sites for 1955 exercises. 1955 Exercises and First Mobile Field Trials. Modern day Telephone System and Electronic Cyphers
Lieutenant Colonel (LCol) Ron Neal CD (Ret`d) Enrolled in the Lincoln and Welland Regiment as a Private 1964. Served with 2 Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment (RCR) as a reserve call out to Germany in 1967. Commissioned Lieutenant 1971. Graduated Militia Command and Staff Course Kingston Ontario 1989. Commanding Officer of the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment 1990 - 1993. Commanded Toronto District Infantry Battalion, Military Concentration Petawawa 1992. Currently the Secretary Treasurer of the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment Trust Fund.
Michael Wilkinson born and raised in Lindsay from a proud military family. Joined the Army in 1981. After basic training 12 weeks in Cornwallis moved on to do his TQ3s course for 6 months in Petewawa with 1 Royal Canadian Regiment (1RCR) in London Ontario from 1981-1983. Posted to the Airborne Regiment 3 commando12 platoon also with Van Doos Regiment 1 Commando French Recce Company then on to the Pathfinder unit. Lastly posted to the Scottish Regiment (Kilt) Vancouver Island as an Instructor for new recruits.
Tom Cooke, Joined the Army and fought in Korean War.
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Vickers Wellington Aircraft
The Vickers Wellington was the most numerous British bomber of the Second World War. It was also the only British bomber to serve in that role from 1939 until 1945, and remained a front line aircraft with Bomber Command until 1943, a year after its contemporaries, the Handley Page Hampden and Armstrong Whitworth Whitley had been withdrawn.
The Wellington was the brainchild of Barnes Wallis, most famous for the bouncing bomb of dam buster’s fame. After a long period spent working for Vickers on airships, Wallis had moved to the design of aircraft. His main early contribution to the field was the invention of the geodetic method of aircraft production. In this system the aircraft fuselage was made of a light weight grid of relatively simple parts that combined to produce strong, light, flexible aircraft. The “basket weave” structure of the aircraft would then be covered with a layer of cloth.
The first aircraft produced for the RAF using this system was the Vickers Wellesley. This was a single engined bomber, designed to a specification issued in 1931. The first prototype flew in 1935, and the type entered service in early 1937. Tests on the Wellesley had proved the strength of the geodetic construction method.
By the time you receive this newsletter it will be into our new year. I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a great New Years.
I would like to thank the men of the Branch Executive who served our Christmas Dinner and to President Howie for entertaining us. A big thank you to Bev Johnston for all your continued help during the Poppy week in the kitchen every day. I would like to thank everyone who donated to our food hamper fundraiser, the funds to the Service Dogs for our Veterans with P.T.S.D. Also thank you to everyone who donated and helped out with our Annual Tea & Bazaar.
The winner of the food hamper was Gail Scruton from Beaverton and winner for the early bird membership draw was Jan Patrick.
Ladies Auxiliary zone team darts will be February 2nd 2019 in Lindsay and also we will be hosting two Darts Ontario, February 3rd and March 3rd. We will need volunteers for both of these functions in the kitchen.
Until next time,
Kimberley Junkin, President Ladies Auxiliary Br. 67
On 4 December 2018. From left to right... LA President Kim Junkin presented Glady Ford with her 50 year pin. 1st Vice President Sandra Richardson on the right.
LIEUTENANT-COLONEL JOHN McCRAE and Poem in Flanders Fields
Each November, Poppies blossom on the lapels and collars of over half of Canada’s entire population. Since 1921, the Poppy has stood as a symbol of Remembrance, our visual pledge to never forget all those Canadians who have fallen in war and military operations. The Poppy also stands internationally as a “symbol of collective reminiscence”, as other countries have also adopted its image to honour those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
This significance of the Poppy can be traced to international origins.
The association of the Poppy to those who had been killed in war has existed since the Napoleonic Wars in the 19th century, over 110 years before being adopted in Canada. There exists a record from that time of how thickly Poppies grew over the graves of soldiers in the area of Flanders, France. This early connection between the Poppy and battlefield deaths described how fields that were barren before the battles exploded with theblood-red flowers after the fighting ended.
Just prior to the First World War, few Poppies grew in Flanders. During the tremendous bombardments of that war, the chalk soils became rich in lime from rubble, allowing “popaver rhoes” to thrive. When the war ended, the lime was quickly absorbed and the Poppy began to disappear again.
The person who was responsible more than any other for the adoption of the Poppy as a symbol of Remembrance in Canada and the Commonwealth was Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, a Canadian Medical Officer during the First World War.
LIEUTENANT-COLONEL JOHN McCRAE
Lt. Col. John McCrae Lieutenant-Colonel McCrae was born on 30 November 1872 in Guelph, Ontario. At age 14, he joined the Highfield Cadet Corps and, three years later, enlisted in the Militia field battery. While attending the University of Toronto Medical School, he was a member of the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada.
With Britain declaring war on Germany on 4 August 1914, Canada’s involvement was automatic. John McCrae was among the first wave of Canadians who enlisted to serve and he was appointed as brigade surgeon to the First Brigade of the Canadian Forces Artillery.
In April 1915, John McCrae was stationed near Ypres, Belgium, the area traditionally called Flanders. It was there, during the Second Battle of Ypres, that some of the fiercest fighting of the First World War occurred. Working from a dressing station on the banks of the Yser Canal, dressing hundreds of wounded soldiers from wave after wave of relentless enemy attack, he observed how “we are weary in body and wearier in mind. The general impression in my mind is of a nightmare.”
In May, 1915, on the day following the death of fellow soldier Lt Alexis Helmer of Ottawa, John McCrae wrote his now famous work, an expression of his anguish over the loss of his friend and a reflection of his surroundings – wild Poppies growing amid simple wooden crosses marking makeshift graves. These 15 lines, written in 20 minutes, captured an exact description of the sights and sounds of the area around him.
Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae left Ypres with these memorable few lines scrawled on a scrap of paper. His words were a poem which started, “In Flanders fields the poppies blow…” Little did he know then that these 15 lines would become enshrined in the innermost thoughts and hearts of all soldiers who hear them. Through his words, the scarlet Poppy quickly became the symbol for soldiers who died in battle.
The poem was first published on 8 December 1915 in England, appearing in “Punch” magazine.
IN FLANDERS FIELD
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
POPPY CHAIRMAN - John Sherman
As part of your oath to join the Legion you are required to participate in the Poppy Campaign. We need everyone to participate as many times as they can to make this a big success. Don’t let a few people do the work of many. All of the stores are a major source of revenue for us.
All the stores need to be manned as much as possible.100% of the time would be great and we can be achieved this if you volunteer more than once.
Sign up boards will be in place in mid October. Sign up where you can and as often as you can. This money is used for Veterans and so many other uses.
Even if you think you volunteered in the past and you don’t have to again... please reconsider as it is your duty to participate.
Just imagine the impact we could make if every member volunteered even 1 hour of their time to our Poppy Campaign. Come out and meet other members in this worth while endeavour. This is our major fundraiser of the year for the Poppy Fund. John McCrae poem speaks of Flanders fields, but the subject is universal – the fear of the dead that they will be forgotten, that their death will have been in vain. Remembrance, as symbolized by the Poppy, is our eternal answer which belies that fear.
Sadly, Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae died of pneumonia at Wimereux, France on 28 January 1918. He was 45 years old.
THE FLOWER OF REMEMBRANCE An American teacher, Moina Michael, while working at the YMCA Overseas War Secretaries’ headquarters in New York City in November 1918, read John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields”. She immediately made “a personal pledge to keep the faith and vowed always to wear a red poppy of Flanders Fields as a sign of remembrance and as an emblem for keeping the faith with all who died".
Two years later, during a 1920 visit to the United States, a French woman, Madame Guerin, learned of the custom. On her return to France, she decided to use handmade Poppies to raise money for the destitute children in war-torn areas of the country. Following the example of Madame Guerin, the Great War Veterans’ Association in Canada (the predecessor of The Royal Canadian Legion) officially adopted the Poppy as its Flower of Remembrance on 5 July 1921.
Thanks to the millions of Canadians who wear the Legion’s lapel Poppy each November, the little red plant has never died. And neither have Canadian’s memories for 117,000 of their countrymen who died in battle
A SYMBOL OF UNITY
At 0530 hours on the morning of 9 April 1917, the Battle of Vimy Ridge began, marking an important milestone in our military history. For the next few days, Canadian troops fought relentlessly, braving enemy forces, a heavily-fortified ridge and the weather. This battle was significant; not only was it a resounding success for Canada but, in the words of Brigadier-General A.E. Ross, it marked the “birth of a nation”. No longer would Canada be overshadowed by the military strength of her allies.
This battle had proven Canada’s ability as a formidable force in the theatre of war.
The bravery, discipline and sacrifice that Canadian troops displayed during those few days are now legendary. The battle represented a memorable unification of our personnel resources as troops from all Canadian military divisions, from all parts of Canada and from all walks of life, joined to collectively overcome the powerful enemy at considerable odds. Our troops united to defeat adversity and a military threat to the world.
Now, decades later, Canadians stand united in their Remembrance as they recognize and honour the selfless acts of our troops from all wars.
We realize that it is because of our war veterans that we exist as a proud and free nation.
Today, when people from all parts of Canada and from all walks of life join together in their pledge to never forget, they choose to display this collective reminiscence by wearing a Poppy. They stand united as Canadians sharing a common history of sacrifice and commitment.
Colour Parties lead Legion Parades, play a prominent role in Remembrance Ceremonies and opening Legion meetings and Conventions
Colour Parties lead Legion Parades, play a prominent role in Remembrance Ceremonies and open Legion meetings and Conventions. They command attention and remind us all
of the Legion’s commitment to Canada's Veterans.
The Royal Canadian Legion has a long history of loyalty and community service, and one of the most visible signs of that is the presence of Colour Parties at most Legion events from the Branch level up to and including Dominion Command.
Members of the Colour Party wear full Legion Dress and carry a set of flags that represent the Legion and the principles on which the Legion is founded.
Sergent-at-Arms for Sir Sam Hughes Branch 67 Royal Canadian Legion. Comrade Dave St Denis.
The Legion Branch 67 would like to thank our Business Sponsors for donating items which added to the presentation for the "Walk in the Past" Vimy Ridge display & Memorial. They include these Business listed.
Food Basics Contact: Dave Darling
Valu Mart Contact: Tim Norris
National Grocers Contact: Jason Foster, Blair Simmons.
Northern Casket Contact: Kaly Ferguson, Gary Stata
Home Building & Display Centre Contact: All the staff
All Business are located in the Lindsay area. Once again we appraise your support with making this a great display.
The Canadian Flag was approved by Parliament and on February 15, 1965 proclaimed by Her Majesty The Queen. It is described as a red flag of the proportions two by length and one by width, containing in its centre a white square the width of the flag, bearing a single red maple leaf.
1. It is appropriate for the Canadian Flag to be flown or displayed by individuals and organizations; but at all times the Flag should be treated with dignity and respect and flown or displayed properly.
2. When possible the Flag is flown daily from sunrise to sunset at all federal government buildings, airports and military bases and establishments within and outside Canada. It is not contrary to etiquette to have the Flag flying at night.
3. The Flag may be displayed flat or flown on a staff. If flat, it may be hung horizontally or vertically. If it hangs vertically against a wall, the Flag should be placed so that the upper part of the leaf is to the left and the stem is to the right as seen by spectators.
4. The Flag may be flown or displayed in a church, auditorium, or other meeting place. When used in the chancel of a church or on a speaker's platform the Flag should be flown to the right of the Clergyman or speaker. When used in the body of a church or auditorium the Flag should be flown to the right of the audience or congregation. The Flag should not be used to cover a speaker's table or be draped in front of the platform; nor should it be allowed to touch the floor. If displayed flat against the wall at the back of a platform, the Flag should be above and behind the speaker.
5. When used on the occasion of unveiling a monument, tablet, picture, etc., the Flag should be properly draped and prevented from falling to the ground or floor.
6. In a procession, where several flags are carried, the Canadian Flag should be in the position of honour at the marching right or at the centre front.
7. The Flag should not be used for commercial advertising purposes. It is quite appropriate to fly it at business establishments or to display it to identify Canadian exhibits at fairs. Its use in such cases, as in all others, should reflect respect for the Flag.
When a Flag becomes worn, noticeably faded or otherwise unfit for service, it should be disposed of privately by burning.
1. The position of the Flag when flying at half-mast will depend on its size, the length of the flagstaff and its location; but as a general rule, the centre of the Flag should be exactly half-way down the staff. When hoisted to or lowered from half-mast position, the Flag should first be raised to the masthead.
2. Flags of The Portage la Prairie School Division No. 24 will be flown at half-mast on the death of the Sovereign or a member of the Royal Family related in the first degree to the Sovereign, the Governor General, The Prime Minister of Canada, a former Governor General, a former Prime Minister of Canada, a federal Cabinet Minister, the Lieutenant Governor of the province, the Provincial Premier, the member of the House of Commons or the member of the Provincial Legislature.
3. Flags of The Portage la Prairie School Division No. 24 may be flown at half-mast on the day of the funeral in honour of students, staff, residents, or former residents of The Portage la Prairie School Division at the discretion of the Board of Trustees or the Superintendent of Schools.
Reference: General rules for flying and displaying the Canadian Flag and other flags in Canada. Secretary of State, Cat. No. 52-74/1978.